new to paddling and need recommendations
Posted by: old_user on Jul-21-13 6:26 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
So I have always enjoyed paddling the few times I have gone. Mostly I am going to be on lakes and ponds. I do have the canadian and cimmeron rivers close by.granted they are only full after a heavy rain. My dilemma is i want a smaller boat but i am 5'11 230lbs. Looking for no larger than 10ft preferably
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Posted by: pirateoverforty on Jul-21-13 6:50 PM (EST)
A kayak, or maybe a canoe.
Posted by: old_user on Jul-21-13 11:14 PM (EST)
Yes, I've seen the Canadian north |
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-21-13 7:37 PM (EST)
of Amarillo, and it is braided into a maze of channels that, even after good rain, are rather difficult and sometimes dangerous to navigate.
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-22-13 12:26 AM (EST)
If carrying the boat on your car is the reason you are limiting yourself to the 10' kayak, you should realize that it is perfectly fine to carry a longer boat on even a small car. A friend of mine hauls an 18' sea kayak on a SmartCar. It is actually easier to load longer boats since you can lever them up from the rear and shove them up onto the rack. At your size you would be better off with a longer boat for most paddling. To get the displacement you need for your weight a 10' or less kayak will have to be wide and thus more sluggish to paddle. A shorter kayak may indeed be best for what you want to do, but don't let your car size limit your selection range.
Posted by: old_user on Jul-22-13 12:48 AM (EST)
The angle of the hatch is what im worried about. I've heard of people using thule racks from a mini cooper on thehatch of my car. The door windows close into he body of the car like the new mustsngs. You can't put rack on he roof.
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-22-13 11:16 AM (EST)
Dicks is NOT the place to be getting advice on buying gear. Or buying gear, period. There are better ways to determine paddle size. Don't pick a paddle until you have a boat, because boat width and depth have an impact on paddle length. A 250 cm paddle (which I am guessing they claim you need) would be a miserable boat anchor in the cheap models they stock.
Go with a good quality inflatable|
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Jul-22-13 4:21 AM (EST)
Innovas are good, dry fast and quick to set up. Can be found used every now and then on craigslist and ebay. www.theboatpeople.com has good info.
go see these folks|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-22-13 11:18 AM (EST)
Looked at your car model|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-22-13 11:40 AM (EST)
I see the car issue. Unless you can use a company pickup truck I think you need to concentrate on a folding kayak or inflatable. A folder would be better for fitness (most inflatables are slow). Look at the Pakboat Quest 155 or XT15. Either boat would fit in your hatch and fit you physically. We have an XT-15 -- it can be set up in 20 minutes with practice. And being light and soft bodied you could, in a pinch, carry it set up on the Nissan using foam blocks and nylon straps and fore and aft safety lines to the bumpers (no rack needed). You can even carry one of these as luggage on a plane (handy for the career you are in, I imagine.)
roofrack for the 370Z|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-22-13 11:42 AM (EST)
Where there's a will (or a kayak), there's a way:
Posted by: old_user on Jul-24-13 1:38 AM (EST)
Those havent been produced since 2009. I saw one come up for sale on the a forum and it was snatched up immediately.