I am in the market for my first kayak and I would like to take one of my dogs out with me when I am comfortable with everything. My largest dog is about 36lbs and she is with me all the time. She's probably the one I will teach to kayak with me before any of the others and I would obviously never take more than one out with me at a time. Anyway, my question is, I am looking for a reasonably priced beginner kayak, preferably a sit on top one so she can ride in front of me and I am just looking for suggestions on where to start looking or what kinds would work best for us. Thanks in advanced for any ideas and tips you can give me!
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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potential dog kayaks|
Posted by: edzep on Aug-19-13 8:10 PM (EST)
I've been thinking a lot about this, since I expect to get a dog, soon. I don't think SOT is the way to go, since the dog would be either on your feet, ahead of you, or, balanced on the a front hatch cover, or riding in the cargo well, behind.
SOT and a PFD for the dog but...|
Posted by: Celia on Aug-19-13 10:44 PM (EST)
your profile says you live in the suburbs of Chicago. Are you thinking about doing this on Lake Erie? I would advise against that lake for kayaking with a dog on board.
lake erie - never.|
Posted by: lmitch10 on Aug-19-13 11:11 PM (EST)
no, I live by lake Michigan but I would never go out on the lake in a kayak myself, let alone with my dog! lol That would be terrifying! There are a few lakes and rivers near me that are nice and calm where I fish that I would be taking it out on.
This might work|
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Aug-20-13 3:42 AM (EST)
http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/spo/3955826209.html Best not to buy new for a first kayak
I Am New To Kayaking Myself|
Posted by: Basstar on Aug-20-13 6:16 AM (EST)
but have done a ton of research and have looked at many, already getting some ideas on my next step up the kayak ladder.
Have you considered a canoe?|
Posted by: Hanz on Aug-20-13 6:36 AM (EST)
They can be lighter than a kayak and hold a lot more dog while keeping you drier than a SOT. Just something to think about.
Harry & Maria paddle a SinK Loon |
Posted by: rikjohnson on Aug-21-13 12:05 PM (EST)
because the cockpitis large enough for the dog.
Posted by: rikjohnson on Aug-21-13 12:09 PM (EST)
I watched a woman toss a ball intothe lake while her husband was fishing. Her Lab would leap off the boat and fetch...