Help choosing a beginner to intermediate
Posted by: smardie on May-09-14 1:05 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Looking to get some advice on buying a kayak .
First off I am 6.3 and weigh 240
My budget ideally would be not more than $750.00
Kayaking in the Seattle area - bays, Puget Sound ( close to shore ) and lakes.
Possibly a tandem, but adjustable if it is just me ?
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Posted by: Peter-CA on May-09-14 7:55 PM (EST)
The tandem with adjustaable seats is something only found in recreational kayaks and sit on tops. Recreational kayaks would not be appropriate for Puget Sound, but may be on lakes (depending on size of lake). A SOT could be appropriate for Puget Sound, but you will be exposed to weather both above and below (the ocean water will splash up and get you wet). So you should allow some money for thermal protection in your purchase choice. The Puget Sound water is always cold (year round) and if you swim for more than a few minutes without a wet suit or dry suit, it could be deadly. Even a quarter mile offshore could be more than many people could swim before the water temps get to them.
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Posted by: Celia on May-10-14 8:28 AM (EST)
If the Puget Sound is on your list you really should get yourself to a shop out there and spend time in boats with a proper outfitter. It will give you some seat time, more importantly it will give you some in-person discussion about why Peter above is not going to be the first person to tell you a tandem paddled solo is not a good idea for that water.
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Posted by: magooch on May-10-14 10:53 AM (EST)
There are parts of Puget Sound that only differ from lakes in the makeup of the water. However, for a beginner, it might be better to get started on one of your local lakes. Lake Washington as you probably know, can get quite rough at times, but I would say with a little judgement it is a great place to get started. Lake Sammamish should also work very well.
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Posted by: Celia on May-10-14 12:33 PM (EST)
I admit I may have overshot a little there - but if I already paddled there locally I would know how to tell the non-controversial parts from the challenging ones. For someone who sounds as new as the OPer, they likely lack the experience to know which is which themselves.
Posted by: ppine on May-11-14 12:08 PM (EST)
For WA state you want a cockpit. For $750 I would be looking for a used Eddyline fiberglass boat or the equivalent at least 15 feet long.
Posted by: TetonJohn on May-11-14 2:49 PM (EST)
The Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 and 165 are larger capacity Tsunamis for bigger folks; the Tsunami line is beginner/intermediate; they are pretty popular, so might be available used; I suspect the 165 might be better for Puget Sound, but I ain't from there. There are other possibilities, but this one occurred to me.