First Kayak Suggestions
Posted by: MrMastadonFarm on Mar-29-14 5:38 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
Iím looking to purchase my first kayak. Iíve been going kayaking on a regular basis for a couple years and borrowing friendsí kayaks. Iím ready to buy my own and was hoping for some advice.
Iím mainly looking for suggestions as to the best size and hull shape for my needs rather than specific models. But some specific model suggestions would be good too, it would give me an idea what to look for.
My budget is around $300 new or used. Iím located in the midwest and generally kayak on lakes and in creeks and small rivers. I donít have any plans to take this kayak on long trips, I mostly just spend 4-6 hours at a time on the water. I weigh about 160lbs and am about 5í10Ē.
Iíd like a sit in kayak and will mostly be using it for paddling around the local lakes and rivers. I also plan to do some fishing out of this kayak. I donít need something geared entirely toward fishing, but rod holders would be extremely nice.
Overall, Iím just looking for a good kayak to fish and paddle around in. Iím thinking something 11 or 12 feet long and with a flare hull and medium rocker. Iíve never bought a kayak before, so I could be way off base here.
What would you guys recommend for my needs? Iím looking for suggestions as to length and the type of kayak I should look for, but itíd also be good to know brands to avoid or keep an eye out for.
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With your budget...|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-29-14 6:16 PM (EST)
you will have to look for something used and then you won't find too much in a decent length.
what have you paddled?|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Mar-29-14 11:04 PM (EST)
What boats did you paddle? Basically, there are many boats that could work fine for you, so knowing what you paddled would let us say that they would be fine and/or if you considered such and such a change you might enjoy the experience more.
Kayak to purchase|
Posted by: mazer on Mar-30-14 2:01 AM (EST)
The very best thing for you to do is to keep track of the kayaks you have been in and purchase the one you like the most. You have one responder who is absolutely corect in the assessment of your finances - You dont have alot to spend on a boat and used boats can be great or they can have issues. Be certain to try out a boat before you buy it to determine the issues. Your best bet is Cl or to purchase a boat from a dealer or rafting guide service who sells bats used every year. Good luck I hope you find something awesome
consider an old whitewater K-1|
Posted by: pblanc on Mar-30-14 7:36 AM (EST)
Back in the early 1990s there were lots of whitewater kayaks in the 10.5 - 11.5 ft length range and a lot of them are still around. Many of the people who boated whitewater back then don't anymore and eventually sell off all their stuff at a low price.
Posted by: MrMastadonFarm on Mar-30-14 7:39 PM (EST)
Thanks everyone for the advice.
Posted by: wetzool on Mar-30-14 8:04 PM (EST)
A local store in my area posted this which you may find useful: