Why don,t they make a kayak that is good for old people, I have a bad back and sitting down inside a kayak just about kills me after about 30 min.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-22-14 12:54 PM (EST)
Just don't raise your seat.|
Posted by: spiritboat on Jan-22-14 1:50 PM (EST)
Raising a kayak seat even a quarter inch, raises your center-of-gravity, and thereby increases your chances of tipping/capsizing. (Better to stay in your boat dry with a bad back, then possibly swimming alongside it.)
Agree with kayakmedic|
Posted by: Celia on Jan-22-14 2:00 PM (EST)
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jan-22-14 2:19 PM (EST)
Age has nothing to do with it|
Posted by: jackL on Jan-22-14 3:39 PM (EST)
Find some exercise to strengthen your back
Posted by: suiram on Jan-22-14 4:14 PM (EST)
You've seen OP's medical file?
he meant "not necessarily"|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jan-22-14 6:23 PM (EST)
And on that point he's right, isn't he?
Of course I haven't|
Posted by: jackL on Jan-22-14 6:26 PM (EST)
He wants to paddle a kayak.
Jack is right.|
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Jan-23-14 10:00 AM (EST)
Posted by: JustPaddle on Jan-22-14 4:53 PM (EST)
I will add myself to the list of folks suggesting you check out canoes.
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Jan-22-14 5:20 PM (EST)
Or stay in your recliner
Posted by: willowleaf on Jan-22-14 5:29 PM (EST)
Not all kayaks are the same. I'm no Spring chicken (63) but I am comfortable in all the kayaks I own, even for prolonged trips. Yes, there are kayaks that are miserable -- I have used some like that and they hurt my back after 15 minutes in them (this is true of a most cheap rental boats). I don't own any of those. In fact a couple of my boats have inflatable seats with adjustable lumbar supports and one just has a narrow lumbar backband -- all are very comfortable. So don't give up on kayaks. It could just be that you have not yet used one with a seat that suits you.
I Know What You Mean|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Jan-22-14 6:20 PM (EST)
That's why I'd suggest those light weight (under 25 lbs) solo outrigger canoes, which can be paddled with any single blade canoe paddle. I can paddle these canoes for hours, unlike my kayaks, where 45 minutes is tops for me.
gbg and jackl|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jan-22-14 6:26 PM (EST)
how old is old?|
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Jan-22-14 7:53 PM (EST)
I turned 60 last summer and am the youngest paddler of mykayaking buddies---all of whom paddle higher end type touring/sea kayaks---last weekend three of us went for an 18 mile paddle in windy conditions--so it really isn't age that's the limiting factor---do you have a specific back condition that causes the problem or do you just feel numb in your lower back after 30 minutes---if so, you might consider changing the seat in your boat to something more comfortable. Also adding padding on your thigh braces and adjusting your foot pegs might help.
Based on info. provided.............|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-23-14 11:50 AM (EST)
My suggestions(based on what little info. you provided) would be:
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Posted by: taj on Jan-23-14 11:50 AM (EST)
I'm a small water paddler/fisherman and it is ideal for this guy with more gray in his beard than color. At 33# I can carry it just about anywhere, including over beaver dams to the next pond. If a 30 minute sit is your limit, then get out and strech once in awhile. The older you get the more you appreciate a good strech walking behind a convenient bush.
Maybe it's because grumpy old trolls|
Posted by: spiritboat on Jan-23-14 11:57 AM (EST)
have an entirely different backside and spinal column from real human beings? (Why is it, these sporadic type of topic posts come along, and one never reads any replies or an acknowledgement from the OP???)
AHA! Spiritboat has been watching|
Posted by: shirlann on Jan-25-14 8:48 AM (EST)
cartoons with the grandkids! My hubby says he probably knows all the Barney ones as well as the grandchildren.
If you can handle it|
Posted by: Boyscout on Jan-29-14 4:33 AM (EST)
Kneeling in a solo canoe can be easy on the back.if your knees and ankles can handle it. and kneeling can give good stability. Keep the kayak paddle and use it in the canoe.plenty of folks do.
People who post |
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-29-14 8:16 AM (EST)
asking for advice and then never responding to replies after people have taken the time to write them are...
Well, maybe it's a bad back AND|
Posted by: spiritboat on Jan-29-14 3:35 PM (EST)
Posted by: ppine on Jan-29-14 11:17 AM (EST)
That is why I rarely paddle kayaks. Canoes allow much more freedom move around.
My back is a disaster from stenosis|
Posted by: string on Jan-29-14 6:36 PM (EST)
and ruptured discs. I am very comfortable for hours in Sit on Top kayaks where I have all the room I need to move around.
Where there's a will there's a way.|
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Jan-31-14 12:26 PM (EST)