First time Kayak buyer...need advice
Posted by: rugerp512 on May-31-14 12:50 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I'm looking for my first kayak and have been doing some research, but still haven't been able to figure out exactly what I need. I'm going to need a touring kayak, I'm an avid backpacker and I'd like to start doing some camping trips on the water. Mainly along rivers and possibly inland lakes. Gear storage is very important. I'd like front and rear bulkheads and I also would prefer to have a day hatch. My biggest thing I'm unsure of is what size kayak I need. Weight wise I probably fall in the mid size category at 175 lbs, but height wise I'm 6'2". I'd like to take weekend long trips mostly, but having the capability to go for a week at the most would be nice. I'm also unsure if I would need a skeg or rudder because I'm so new to this. I'm looking for a boat that can meet all my needs for the best price point seeing as it is my first boat. Thanks for the help.
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Posted by: Marshall on May-31-14 1:55 PM (EST)
The possibilities are too many to list for the parameters you've given.
look for demos|
Posted by: willowleaf on May-31-14 3:47 PM (EST)
If you tell us whereabouts you live someone can probably suggest good outfitters. Most will offer demo days where you can try different models on the water. Fit is critical and being tall that is doubly so (your shoe size can be a deal breaker too.)
Sounds like you need a canoe.|
Posted by: string on May-31-14 9:57 PM (EST)
Posted by: rugerp512 on Jun-01-14 6:33 PM (EST)
might be worth a thought|
Posted by: willowleaf on May-31-14 11:27 PM (EST)
String has a point. Have you considered a solo or pack canoe? A lot easier to pack a lot of gear in a canoe than a kayak.
Posted by: rugerp512 on Jun-01-14 6:34 PM (EST)
No I haven't really looked into a canoe
"Day hatch" is irrelevant|
Posted by: LeeG on Jun-02-14 7:24 AM (EST)
If you are new to kayaking and will unnecessarily limit your choices.
demo and classes|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jun-02-14 2:30 PM (EST)
Schedule a Day Trip to...|
Posted by: mmulvey on Jun-02-14 4:00 PM (EST)
...the Jersey Paddler in Brick, NJ (prob 2-3 hours for you). They have plenty of boats and a pond across the street where you can demo different styles, etc. Fit and feel are important so you can't go on stats alone. One thing you should consider is the overall boat capacity - of course the numbers represent a rather inexact science. How many pounds of paddler/gear can the boat hold before losing performance?
First time Kayak buyer...need advice???|
Posted by: AustinKayak on Jun-11-14 8:03 PM (EST)
Kayaking is a great way to experience the outdoors and extended the horizons of your camping expeditions. Here are a couple of kayaks that will help you reach the distance while carrying all your gear. The Perception Expression is the least expensive of all the options. Its a 14.5'to 17' long kayak with great storage that comes standard with a skeg. Another great option is The Venture Islay 14. This is a Sea kayak that wil handle the ocean and big waves, the downside is that it does not come with a rudder or skeg. Next, you have the Focus, this is a touring kayak that is stable, fast and can carry a lot of gear. The biggest advantage of the Focus is that it comes with a rudder. Last but not least the Tsunami. This is one of the prefered touring and sea kayaks. Its designed for big open water, multyday expeditions but does not comes standard with a Rudder. Now keep in mind that there are rudder available for all this boats. All this boats fit the bill to the type of paddling you are planing on doing. Check them out and let us know if you have any questions.
Posted by: magooch on Jun-12-14 9:51 AM (EST)
One boat you should definitely look at is the Current Designs Sirocco. I guarantee it will fit you and it can haul your stuff and can handle any kind of water. And the price is right.
what marshall and string said|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-12-14 12:25 PM (EST)
Back up. Start with what and where you want to paddle. Then find an outfitter and try demos.