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  help choosing a kayak
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-22-13 6:27 PM (EST)
   Category: Kayaks 

hi, i can purchase a ws tarpon 140 or necky looksha 14 for the same price which one do you think is better for a beginner?

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  Posted by: Peter-CA on Jul-22-13 6:34 PM (EST)
One is a sit on top, and the other a sit inside. both good boats for what they are made to be, but very different in what they are made to be. You might want to read the article in Issue 10 on different types of boats (starts on page 6). Can be read online for free at
  sot vs sink
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-22-13 6:59 PM (EST)
thanx for the link. i know the difference between the 2. i dont know what to choose because here in Puerto Rico even the most experience kayakers i see them in sot but everywhere i read that the sink should be better but here seems than only a few kayakers use them.
  how do you plan to use it?
  Posted by: Peter-CA on Jul-22-13 7:41 PM (EST)
In a warm area like you are at, SOT would be the more common. SINKs have an advantage of protecting a paddler from the elements (especially when used with a spray skirt). Important for cold air and/or water locations. Not so much in PR.

How do you plan to use it? Types of places paddling, distances, other activities from the kayak (fishing, scuba, etc.), etc?
  Beginner is irrelevant
  Posted by: Celia on Jul-23-13 8:11 AM (EST)
As said above, each boat has pluses and minuses depending on your usage. Your status as a beginner has nothing much to do with the choice. People have managed to learn to kayak starting with either. That is a matter of your being willing to learn, not what the boat can do.



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