Wilderness Tsunami 125?
I'm thinking of purchasing the wilderness tsunami 125, but I dont have much experience when it comes to picking out a boat. I'm looking for a boat to keep at my parents in Georgia for when i visit. They live on the Chattahoochee, which is pretty mellow, there's only one section that has a couple II-III class rapids. It's pretty rocky, and can get pretty shallow during summers without a lot of rain.
I live in Wyoming and have a boat that is better suited for technical runs here, so i don't want to spend too much on a boat that i only get to use occasionally, but i dont want to make the mistake of buying a boat that doesn't fit or isn't appropriate for the Hootch either.
I'm 5'8 and weigh 140
Found a reasonable price on the Tsunnami:
Does this look like it will be good for my needs?
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I LOVE the 125!|
Posted by: rikjohnson on Sep-20-13 7:21 PM (EST)
It's a decent rec boat that will do day-trips and short multi-day camping. you can easily do 4day-3night in one.
A bit roomy|
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Sep-20-13 7:24 PM (EST)
The 125 is quite a bit roomier than the 120. The deck is noticeably taller. I'm a big boy and I find the cockpit a little cavernous, so much so that I had to add some hip pads to get good contact.
One more thing...|
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Sep-20-13 7:28 PM (EST)
My only complaint about the 125 (and all Tsunami boats) is the seat. It's comfortable as hell, but re-entry on the water is quite a bit more difficult than in boats with backbands. Having to "hump over" the seat back every time is a giant pain and frequently puts me off balance if I'm not really careful.
Posted by: gnatcatcher on Sep-21-13 7:29 AM (EST)
That model is made for large people. You're not!
Somewhere recently I read|
Posted by: rpg51 on Sep-21-13 7:45 AM (EST)
a review of this boat that suggested steering away from the 125 in favor of the 120. The reviewer's opinion was that the 125 is very sluggish compared to the 120 without providing any substantial benefit. I have no opinion myself never having paddled either boat - but I thought I should pass this on for your consideration. You might want to do some searching around for reviews and maybe paddle both.
I have a 140 and a 145|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Sep-21-13 11:37 AM (EST)
My son is about your height and 20 # heavier and he prefers the 140 over the 145. Too much volume in the cockpit means poor fit and he complains about the deck being up in the way.
The Tsunami 125 is a great boat|
Posted by: pbenter on Sep-21-13 4:10 PM (EST)
I bought a Tsunami 125 as my first kayak this past June. I come from a background of canoeing, and I quickly felt comfortable in it. Now, possibly too comfortable. I am 6', 210. My only real complaint is that when I push it to probably 95% of my potential, it begins to plow in the water. I understand this hull is compromised by its short length, and I think they did a great job of creating an all around boat.
go with the 120|
Posted by: sapien on Sep-21-13 8:01 PM (EST)
it'll fit and turn better and is a couple pounds lighter; I'm over 180# and the 120 fit me perfect. (Kinda regret selling it but I had too many boats.) It's a great choice for the river or lake and makes a good guest boat. You would even fit in the low-volume Tsunami 135.
She said river only,|
Posted by: tetonjohn on Sep-23-13 10:39 AM (EST)
so (w/o having knowledge of that specific river) I have to wonder if a more river-oriented boat would be better for maneuverabulity; a whitewater hull design like an actual whitewater boat or a crossover.
Posted by: angstrom on Sep-24-13 3:53 PM (EST)
A couple of thoughts:
May be Too Big|
Posted by: fitchm on Sep-24-13 5:24 PM (EST)
I'll second the other posters on probably too big. I had a Tsunami 125 as my first boat, 5'8" 170, and it was too big for me. You might look at the 120. That's what I should have gotten, but my fear of not being able to get out got the better of me (know how that works now....)