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My wife and I are looking at getting a couple of kayaks and are open to recommendations. We are beginners and are looking for something that is for recreational use and is stable, tracks well, and fairly light as we have a challenge lifting it on top of a Honda CRV. In addition, we have a 20 pound Sheltie that we would like to have enough room that they can sit with us in the cockpit. Any suggestions?
Thanks for any help that you may be able to provide.
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Jul-11-13 11:39 AM (EST)
The true use of what you want to do with it (poking around in protected backwaters/ponds, padding larger bodies of water, paddling white water rivers, etc.), your body sizes and dimensions, etc. all impact what type of boat you should get. You may want to read an article in California Kayaker Magazine's Spring 2013 issue on basic types of kayaks (can be read online for free at http://www.calpaddlermag.com/magazine.html - starts on page 6) to help point yourself in the right direction (or help point us you in the right direction).
Posted by: dc9mm on Jul-11-13 12:49 PM (EST)
I saw a paddler with a dog in a Pungo kayak which has a large cockpit. Not very light weight BUT I would get a kayak rack setup were you dont have to lift the whole kayak just half.A place near me sells these V saddle Gull Wings and a roller that sits in between the crack in the rear hatch which would be perfect for a CRV. I used to have one. Here is a link to both Pungo kayaks and the rack saddles and roller. You still need tha base rack from either Thule or Yakima.
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Posted by: eyost on Jul-12-13 8:43 AM (EST)
Thanks for the replies. Yesterday our local dealer had a demo where we gave a few boats a test ride. Seems like the Santee was favored by my wife and myself. We plan on a couple of Kayaks although there was a discussion about a canoe for a similar price. The catch comes with storage and handling of the canoe as it is going to be larger than one single kayak. Several of the folks at the dealer like the Santee when we mentioned that we would have a dog riding with us.
Posted by: seadart on Jul-11-13 1:02 PM (EST)
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Posted by: ShadyClip on Jul-11-13 6:00 PM (EST)
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Posted by: Celia on Jul-12-13 10:08 AM (EST)
First, you don't lift a long boat but slide it to cartop it - unless you want to destroy your back. There are numerous devices from beach towels and clothes pins to fancy rollers to help get a boat on the roof of a car.
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Posted by: mjamja on Jul-12-13 12:46 PM (EST)
I witnessed a rec boat (fairly large cockpit) flip with a small dog in the cockpit. Paddler came out as the boat turned over. Dog did not. Kayak went downstream long enough that I started sprinting for the overturned boat thinking I was going to do my first hand of God rescue on a dog. Just before I got to the kayak the dog popped up to the surface. Owner was traumatized from watching what she thought was her dog being drowned.