Looking to buy my first touring kayak. I will be in lakes and rivers and intend to use this kayak for the MR340 (340 mile canoe and kayak race)not looking to win the race just complete it. I am 6' and 200lbs but intend to get down some, anyway I have paddled rec kayaks but want to move up. I plan on trying out plenty of kayaks but looking for suggestions. Stability first but I will need something that is atleast ok in the speed department. Long post....sorry. Thanks!
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Posted by: angstrom on Aug-05-13 4:27 PM (EST)
You're only a bit larger than the mythical "average" paddler, so you have a lot of choices.
Either a QCC-700 or a Epic 18|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-05-13 4:33 PM (EST)
In carbon they are a bit faster then kevlar.
If you want speed...|
Posted by: Celia on Aug-05-13 8:15 PM (EST)
you simply have to get used to a boat that will feel quite a bit less stabile than a rec boat at first. But that phase passes with butt time.
For mostly sea kayaking|
Posted by: wavespinner on Aug-06-13 8:29 AM (EST)
If I read correctly, you're looking for an able sea kayak that also has the speed of an occasional race. For that I'd recommend the Valley Nordkapp or QCC 700. Both have speed and durability, with the Nordkapp being agile for its length.
Stability and Speed |
Posted by: FrankNC on Aug-06-13 10:46 AM (EST)
The two do not go together. Even an outrigger canoe is easier to tip over than a typical rec boat. However is you are looking for speed over many days like in a 340 mile race then it often becomes a matter of being able to paddle more hours in a day comfortably.
Have you ever paddled a QCC-700 or|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-07-13 3:06 PM (EST)
an Epic 18 Frank ?
Posted by: wavespinner on Aug-08-13 9:13 AM (EST)
I'd agree that the QCC and Epic boats can handle rough water, although the QCC outfitting is more conducive to it IMO. I've succumbed to the Epic design a couple times, only to be disappointed by the quality issues.
Posted by: jj77 on Aug-06-13 1:41 PM (EST)
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I do appreciate it. Time to go demo some and make a purchase!!!
Posted by: Peter-CA on Aug-07-13 11:44 AM (EST)
You should decide whether the MR race or your general paddling is more important. The boats listed are fast sea kayaks and would be good for the race. But may not be as much fun for your general paddling, depending on what that is like. You can always rent a fast boat for the race.