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!
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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...