Kayak choice for kid
Posted by: muddycreek on May-02-14 10:19 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Hello, stumbled across this forum and read a lot of informative threads, so I figured this was the place for the question.
I'm much more experienced in canoes than kayaks. My 10 year old (85lb, 4'10") daughter caught the bug during a couple recent kayak trips, so we're looking at some kayaks to get her started. I'm sticking to a pretty tight budget for this first one- $250 at most, unless the perfect kayak made by angels descends.
She liked paddling a Swifty 9.5, and there are a couple here locally. I was also considering a couple older whitewater boats, Perception Dancer and the like, with the thought that it's plenty maneuverable, probably quicker, and likely not too unstable with someone that light. Plus, I've got access to a plastic welder at work, so if worst comes to worst I could stick a small skeg on it.
We'd mostly be paddling in the inland waterways around Virginia Beach, or taking them to regional lake/river campgrounds. Probably no fishing, no ocean, very few excursions far from shore even in the bays around here. If we go to a river, it'd be class 1 tops, or just 'hey, there's kind of a current and a couple rocks.'
Short, wide, and stable, maybe hard to develop good technique and maybe frustratingly slow, or
Longer, narrower, easier to paddle correctly, harder to keep going straight, or
Something totally different?
I really appreciate any insight!
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any stretch in that budget?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-02-14 11:03 AM (EST)
I ask because I happened to see two very good models for sale used in the classified section here:
Posted by: muddycreek on May-02-14 1:31 PM (EST)
$750 is way too much. I saw that Umiak, the price and the drive together probably make it a no-go- if it was close, I'd probably go and see how flexible the price was.
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Posted by: slushpaddler on May-02-14 6:57 PM (EST)
I'd go skinnier, as Nate says width won't matter. If you're paddling in a current an older style used ww boat may be easier to find than a small touring style kayak.
Posted by: NateHanson on May-02-14 2:44 PM (EST)
Don't worry about stability for someone that size. Anything around 20" will be more than stable enough for her.
Posted by: angstrom on May-05-14 2:50 PM (EST)
Ocean Kayak Poco, Or |
Posted by: clydehedlund on May-05-14 4:02 PM (EST)
Any plastic Olympic style K-1 kayak. At 10, I'd look for an old used size 1 Fenn Mill surfski to fool around with. But before anything else, make sure she can really swim and keep up with the 7 & 8 year old competitive swimmers for 1500 meters?
Posted by: B.inboats on May-08-14 12:29 AM (EST)
At her size on that budget, go with a Umiak. The Scout is good, but won't fit her much longer. You'll get a few years out of a Umiak. I've never met a kid who wanted to paddle that didn't like one. Keep in mind she's going to want an appropriately sized paddle too. Try a Werner Sprite in her length. Tired arms make cranky kids.
Used Wilderness Systems Piccolo|
Posted by: pikabike on May-08-14 4:21 PM (EST)
It's big enough for her to enjoy for a few years, at least. Yet narrow enough not to feel like a bathtub.
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on May-08-14 11:22 PM (EST)