12-14' small volume, light and cheap...?
Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Aug-26-13 4:53 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I'm about a "beginner-plus" paddler and bought a Tsunami 120 for myself last summer. I'm now looking to purchase a second kayak, so that my teenage son can paddle with me. I'm 5'2", 140lb and he's 14yo, 5'6", 110lb. He's paddled my kayak and seems very comfortable in it.
We almost exclusively kayak rivers here in Michigan. We may take them to very small lakes every so often. We do overnights but have good backpacking gear that doesn't require much storage room, but would still need two hatches. I'm really happy with the 12' length, but 14' would be fine as well.
So, I'm looking for a relatively narrow/low volume kayak that's light weight. AND my budget is small... $1,000 is the absolute max for boat, paddle, PFD. I'm fine with used... just not sure which models to look out for. I've paddled a Hurricane Tampico 140S that I really liked. Any others I should look for? Thanks!
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Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-26-13 5:14 PM (EST)
Thanks, did check those...|
Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Aug-26-13 5:27 PM (EST)
I've looked through that list as well as used boats in Craigslist and a local paddle school's used boat list. The Edisto is a little too heavy; the Tsunami is about as heavy as I want to go and that's 50lb. The Tracer is much longer than what I'm looking for.
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Posted by: RavenWing on Aug-26-13 8:19 PM (EST)
check back daily every day after Labor Day and esp around the 10th.
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Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Aug-27-13 9:48 AM (EST)
When I mentioned a "local paddle school's used boat list", I was talking about Quiet World. :) I took one of their classes and paddled the Tampico that I really liked. I'll keep checking their list for sure.
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Posted by: RavenWing on Aug-28-13 12:12 AM (EST)
s/be expanding very soon. Most likely around Sept 15. They used to sell lightly used pfds and Bending Branches paddles too, don't know if they still do, in case your son needs them.
Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-27-13 3:07 AM (EST)
Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Aug-28-13 2:19 PM (EST)
That one looks great. Thanks.
Posted by: angstrom on Aug-27-13 9:30 AM (EST)
Perception Tribute 14? Might get in under your budget with an end-of -season discount or package deal.
Thanks - added to my list|
Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Aug-28-13 2:21 PM (EST)
What do you like about the Tampico 140S?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Aug-27-13 10:06 AM (EST)
I test paddled one a month or so ago and discovered it was very difficult for me to turn. Might not be your best option for smaller streams if tight turns are required. Of course, I was trying higher speed turns, not slow turns.
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Posted by: RavenWing on Aug-28-13 12:24 AM (EST)
The older 135S was much better than the 140S (or for that matter the even lunkier 140L) when it came to turns. The 140 series came about to make tracking even easier for new kayakers and something had to give.
Posted by: kayakjak on Sep-17-13 10:02 PM (EST)
I was told this directly from Hurricane when I asked what the difference was between the Excursion 140 and Tampico 140. I was wondering because they're dimensionally so similar. They said that the Tampico is the better tracker (more efficient) and that the Excursion is more maneuverable. Too bad that you can't get an Excursion with a skeg, although you can get a rudder.
Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Aug-28-13 2:07 PM (EST)
Well... you're asking someone who paddled for 25 years in rental kayaks, so pretty much ANY kayak that's better sized for me is going to feel like a dream!
Posted by: RavenWing on Aug-28-13 3:14 PM (EST)
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Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-27-13 12:20 PM (EST)
Posted by: RavenWing on Aug-28-13 12:16 AM (EST)
yup they are a really good outfit. Good people. Dana Corbett has been paddling over 30 years.
Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Aug-28-13 1:51 PM (EST)
That's where I bought my Tsunami. Great store. I live in Ann Arbor, so convenient for me. I've looked through their 'truck sale' list (I think that's what they called it) but I'll go by sometime soon and see what they may have for sale in the store.
Perception Sonoma Airalight|
Posted by: Kocho on Aug-28-13 7:54 PM (EST)
Posted by: LeeG on Aug-28-13 9:54 PM (EST)
Not low volume but a good kayak
Posted by: michaelcrouse on Aug-29-13 1:27 PM (EST)
Used Impex Mystic, someone near me just sold a carbon kevlar one (with rubber hatches) for $800.
Wow, good price|
Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Aug-29-13 1:53 PM (EST)
I do have boats like Stellar S12/S14, Impex Mystic/Hesper/Gale, Delta 12S, Swift Saranac Classic, etc. on my look-out list but I haven't had much hope that I'd be able to find one for less than $1K.
Dagger Alchemy LV|
Posted by: franknc on Sep-01-13 9:03 PM (EST)
A used Dagger Alchemy LV would be a great river boat for a small paddler.
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-01-13 9:17 PM (EST)
Pakesso. Bought today for less than half retail price in the carbon fiber layup.
Posted by: jimx200 on Sep-01-13 10:31 PM (EST)
at $598.99 and delivered to your door for a extra $100. A kayak he can also grow into.
I wish we had boat stores around here.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Sep-01-13 11:06 PM (EST)
I have to cruise 240 miles to get to the nearest boat shop of any consequence.
How it all turned out|
Posted by: DetroitTigerFan on Sep-03-13 12:29 PM (EST)
Well, it didn't go exactly as I'd planned...