The wife and I are looking at getting into paddling. We will be bringing our dog along, and have been steered away from kayaks. We are wanting to hit the local reservoirs on week day evenings, maybe mountain lakes, and slower rivers, maybe working up to class 2???? Maybe some overnighters, and fishing. We do realize that more difficult rivers may require another vessel.
My wife won't let me make my usual impulse buy:( and wants me to research this. So I found this forum and thought I would see what you wise folks had to say!
Questions- What length? Width and depth? Different styles?? What determines these decisions?? Anywhere you recommend I can go to find this basic info????
Thank you in advance for taking time to help a noob!!!
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Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Jul-10-13 1:26 PM (EST)
Point your curser to the "Articles" link on the banner menu above. Click on "Guidelines". Start by reading the articles listed under "Getting Started".
How big are you, your wife, and dog?|
Posted by: pblanc on Jul-10-13 1:37 PM (EST)
Posted by: angstrom on Jul-10-13 2:11 PM (EST)
Another consideration is weight. Lighter is usually more expensive. It's not so important on the water, but makes a huge difference in the ease of transporting the canoe on land. This is especially true if you 7 your wife are on the small side.
Where in Colorado|
Posted by: Celia on Jul-10-13 3:02 PM (EST)
I'd wager that some here could point you at places to try kayaks if there are any near you. Class 2 with 2 people and a dog is, I assume, not a combination you are thinking about. But if dog plus 2 people even on flat water, you should be thinking about a canoe.
Posted by: mountainjock on Jul-10-13 4:09 PM (EST)
Steve- I will definitely check out that section!
Posted by: pblanc on Jul-10-13 6:13 PM (EST)
sea kayak Colorado|
Posted by: canpaddle on Jul-11-13 3:39 AM (EST)
Well believe it your not there is a sea kayak community in Colorado,I think out of Denver.The Rockie Mtn Sea Kayaking club.These guys paddle everywhere and have a link that has a nice tandem kayak that has a center seat for dogs.If I remember right it has enough space for gear for a week out.Of course canoes are a great option but this may allow you to try both.
Posted by: Mattt on Jul-11-13 9:12 AM (EST)
the basic canoe|
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-11-13 1:29 PM (EST)