Hi. I'm a 45-year old woman, 5'10" , 155 lbs with very little upper body strength. Have to load and unload the kayak on top of my Toyota highlander into thule j cradles. Fairly new to kayaking. We have a sun dolphin Aruba 8' kayak purchased from Walmart. It's Advantages are light weight and fairly easy to load. The price was just $96 plus tax. That's the one I'm using and my legs are too long for it and the molded seat is terribly uncomfortable on my bottom. I can kayak for an hour in it before getting too uncomfortable. So now I'm looking for at a larger kayak but need it to be lightweight. I researched and came up with the Hurricane Santee based on weight. There's a Santee 116 sport Demo model available at a kayaker outfitter for $599. Is that a good deal? What are the benefits and drawbacks to a thermoform kayak? I will primarily kayak on lakes and bayous and using concrete or asphalt public boat launches. I'm concerned about what if I drop the kayak loading or unloading it and it hits the concrete launch ramp? Any advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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A couple of ideas .|
Posted by: seadart on Sep-15-13 11:57 PM (EST)
J cradles are a pain especially with a high vehicle.
Ideas on fixes for you |
Posted by: Celia on Sep-16-13 7:16 AM (EST)
Lose the Jbars and get saddles, or just foam pads on the cross bars. The safest way (for your back) to get a boat up is to slide it, and Jbars make sliding a whole lot more difficult, especially on a tall vehicle. Sometimes I think sales people get points for selling the darned things.
Yakima Boatloader or Thule Outrigger|
Posted by: suzanne10 on Sep-16-13 2:18 PM (EST)
I've used the Yakima boatloader accessory on my 2003 outback with great success. once you rest the bow on the pole, (which slides into one of the crossbars when not in use)you are essentially lifting 1/2 the weight and have much more control. i still need stepstool to secure straps cuz I'm short.
Santee 116 Sport|
Posted by: cnh624 on Sep-16-13 11:20 AM (EST)
Is that an entry level rec kayak?
Check Hurricane's Site|
Posted by: Celia on Sep-17-13 1:09 AM (EST)
The Santee 116 Sport is middle to lower end of their rec kayaks. The 126, next in that category, has an adjustable seat and, according to Hurricane, better glide and a more efficient hull for example. These may be worthwhile features for your needs.
one very costly option -|
Posted by: suiram on Sep-16-13 4:42 PM (EST)
longer is easier, also consider folders|
Posted by: willowleaf on Sep-17-13 1:19 PM (EST)
I'm 18 years older and 5 inches shorter than you and also agree that longer is more manageable than shorter, both on the water and for loading.
welcome new kayaker|
Posted by: bwrittsr on Sep-17-13 1:35 PM (EST)
I'ma57yr.old and my Dad is 80 started kayaking about 2yr. small rivers and back water.Load on j racks my 11 ft. perception american sport by myself not much trouble yet I'm 6ft. Love my yak and got it at MC sport for around 300.00 sales going on this time of year.