Advice on kayak type for beginner
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-04-13 5:58 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I am an injured distance runner and I am missing long solo runs. I think paddling will be a good replacement for me. My husband and I have a double Ocean sit-on-top kayak that we love. This however is too big and heavy for me to manage on my own. I need something much lighter that i can manage all on my own. We live near a lake that sees a lot of wind and chop and that is where I plan to paddle. I live in California and we do not get any snow or ice so I should be able to do this all year-round, though it does get quite cold in the winter. I am 5'6.
I would truly appreciate suggestions on the type of boat I should be looking at. Also, if anyone has any suggestions on a kayak carrier /trailer for a bike, I would love to hear about that too.
Thank you for your time!
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Nov-04-13 6:28 PM (EST)
There is an article in the Spring issue of California Kayaker Magazine on different types of kayaks and what they are good for (and not so good for). Can be read online for free at http://www.calpaddlermag.com/magazine.html. Article I am referring to starts on page 6.
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 11:42 AM (EST)
Thank you for the links!
Posted by: Celia on Nov-05-13 10:22 AM (EST)
To add more about where you plan to paddle... while lakes are often relegated to the not-serious-boat category, any wind or chop that could be challenging gets you to needing some more things in a boat like bulkheads etc than if that is not in the equation. It doesn't matter whether the wind and chop (or waves?) are happening in water that is salty.
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 11:45 AM (EST)
That could be very helpful and open up a lot more options. It is so important for me to be able to handle this on my own. Thank you!
Posted by: dc9mm on Nov-05-13 5:47 PM (EST)
I would ask you how much do you want to spend? Any restrictions on size of kayak for storage reasons? How much do you weigh?
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 11:55 AM (EST)
Thank you for your response. In answer to your questions: I did not really have a budget set yet. Trying to figure out what that will be. If I can get a yakak for a few hundred then I will go out and buy it now. If it will be a few grand, then I will need to start figuring out how to budget for it. I really just want to make a good decision. I would prefer to buy used as these days I just feel like there is so much "stuff" in the world and I like to reuse when I can.
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Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 12:00 PM (EST)
Oh, and no restrictions on size for storage
Hunt Johnson Wave Witch|
Posted by: seadart on Nov-05-13 6:02 PM (EST)
12'5" 30 pounds, comes with a rudder, good for fitness paddling, very seaworthy, good surfer.
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 11:55 AM (EST)
Posted by: angstrom on Nov-06-13 11:32 AM (EST)
I Agree: Surfski For Distance|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-07-13 6:43 AM (EST)
And perhaps a used Epic V-10L, that's "L" model, which many 5'6" paddlers weighing under 150 pounds prefer. This way you're not out a lot of money if it doesn't work out. Don't worry about stability, it's mostly mental and you'll be up to speed in no time, for you have the ability to go long. If teenage racers can learn to paddle in 3 weeks, you can do it too. Have confidence, for unlike running, the movement is concentric and enjoyable. Warning: it's addicting and you'll probably upgrade to a Fenn Spark by Summer?
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 12:07 PM (EST)
Thank you both for the info
Where in CA?|
Posted by: 72hw on Nov-07-13 8:23 PM (EST)
Where in California are you? Me and my better half have been trying out as many boats as possible in the SoCal region and I highly recommend the practice. If you are in the L.A. or San Diego area both South Wind Kayak Center in Irvine or Aqua Adventures in S.D. both have a number of boats you should test.
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 12:10 PM (EST)
I am from Long Beach, but currently living in the central valley so there are just not as many options for outfitters. I am looking at some options in SF. We will be heading south for Christmas so I may be able to check out your recs then. Thank you.
In San Francisco:|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-08-13 2:36 PM (EST)
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 2:42 PM (EST)
Wow! Thank you.
Beginner Surf Ski|
Posted by: Kocho on Nov-08-13 11:14 AM (EST)
I agree - for fitness paddling you want something made for this. I would *not* recommend an advanced ski like the V10L to start. You need years of experience to master one of these in strong winds and bumpy water and months to be comfy on calm flat water.. Not a beginner boat.
Posted by: sbstina on Nov-08-13 12:15 PM (EST)
Thank you for the specific recs and thoughtful response. I will look at those models. Do you have any recommendations on where to look for used boats besides craigslist?
Not in your area specifically|
Posted by: Kocho on Nov-08-13 5:13 PM (EST)
Craigslist is good source in SOCAL|
Posted by: seadart on Nov-08-13 5:33 PM (EST)
also you might talk to folks in the San Diego Kayak club, several have surfskis or kayaks for sale, also California Kayak Friends.
For exercise go with a rowing scull|
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Nov-09-13 4:37 PM (EST)