Ther eis a Kayak outfitter in Old Forge, NY about 40 miles from me and they claim to let you test paddle a few of the Kayaks you like before you buy. They do this every day with no reservations(weather permitting)
and help you chose the right Kayak. They said fit is VERY IMPORTANT and they will help with that. Sounds awesome and it I would feel a lot better laying down 1,000 bucks knowing a pro says it's the right Kayak. They also say what to look for when you are out paddling...seems like a very professional and dedicated place, so I'm going there in a few days just to browse and get to know people there, ask a few questions.
They have this kayak on their website that they carry in the store called 'Hurricane Designs Excursion 140' It's a day craft like a transition from Rec kayaking to serious touring and day tripping stuff. It says it slices fastly through water on rails and is a lightweight, 'Trylon' plastic that is lighter than roto... I'm in love with that kayak and will be looking for it there.
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Mountainman is the same as any|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-20-14 11:47 AM (EST)
other reputable paddleshop.. Trying before buying is the norm when there is water near the shop..
You did better then me|
Posted by: jackl on Apr-20-14 12:19 PM (EST)
I found a solo canoe that I am lusting for on Craigs List, and the guy won't respond back to me
Posted by: scottfree on Apr-20-14 12:38 PM (EST)
Most times, I am successful using craiglist. Often though, I don't get a reply. My guess is that my emails (through craiglist) are ending up in a junk mail folder. I know I've placed ads on craiglist in the past, and sometimes, a persons reply is recognized as junk. Very frustrating.
By all means ...|
Posted by: wetzool on Apr-20-14 12:44 PM (EST)
Better to think aloud than not at all. |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-20-14 9:50 PM (EST)
Your first boat...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Apr-21-14 3:40 PM (EST)
...is never the right boat:) Try finding a used one for sale first so when you out grow it, you can flip it and not take a financial hit.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-21-14 3:43 PM (EST)
First boat is like your first girlfriend or boyfriend. It's based on your judgement at the time, which will become more informed once you have lived your decision!