Deciding among three kayaks for my first
Posted by: old_user on Apr-27-11 9:36 AM (EST)
I know ya'll probably get tired of this type of message, but I can't find any review for two of the three kayaks I'm choosing among. I want to use the boat for fishing and messing around at the beach most importantly. But also for exercise and fishing on lakes. I have kayaked before but would consider myself a beginner. I will be transporting the kayak on a Camry with a Ozark Mountain Country carrying kit. I'm in great physical shape, if that matters. A shorter kayak would be easier to store (I live in an apartment) Any input would be greatly appreciated, I have been reading for a few days and just can't decide how to go. Here are the three kayaks I'm considering:
Touring Kayak Paddles
|Table of Contents|
|Messages in this Topic|
Don't know who makes Shakespeare's|
Posted by: Big_D on Apr-27-11 3:23 PM (EST)
Ocean Kayaks are good kayaks. They take a fair bit of water to float them, though, compared to other similarly sized kayaks. That can make a difference if you float ledgey rivers, or not if you float places that consistently have more than 6" of water.
I don't like molded-in foot braces..|
Posted by: JimMc on Apr-28-11 2:26 AM (EST)
Uncomfortable when stretching out your legs and no adjust-ability. They either work well for your height or not at all. Maybe it's my size 14 feet. The Malibu Mini-X is a very good all-rounder as is the OK Frenzy. Both are about 9ft. Not familiar with Shakespeare but the price is probably a reflection of the quality. It could melt on your roof rack first day.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-28-11 8:52 AM (EST)
So, you would suggest the Frenzy over the Yak Board? Since I would mainly use it for fishing, I would need to install some rod holders, I suppose.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-28-11 7:38 PM (EST)
You're going to be all over the place in that Yak Board. It's pretty much a big pool toy for playing in the surf at the beach. I wouldn't go with anything smaller than the Frenzy. However, I strongly suggest trying to find a used Tarpon/Manta Ray/Prowler, etc... first. You'll grow out of those tiny 8 footers quickly.
Granny Smith and Gala - still apples|
Posted by: old_user on May-10-11 9:45 PM (EST)
Shakespeare kayaks is a subset of Emotion Kayaks.
Posted by: Big_D on May-13-11 9:31 AM (EST)
That's good to know about Shakespeare and Emotion.
Posted by: old_user on May-18-11 11:00 AM (EST)
I have had a Emotion Stealth for almost a year now and what a great and relatively cheap SOT. Performs great for me and for my first kayak it was perfect. Really like the Emotion line of kayaks.
Pass on the Yak Board|
Posted by: just1more on May-27-11 5:08 PM (EST)
We had one yakboard and one frenzy - the yakboard waddled when paddled and wasnt much boat while the frenzy is more substantial and tracks somewhat. The Yak board also leaked somewhere so we returned it and bought a 2nd frenzy. The frenzy is very slow but with a backrest, its comfortable as long as you are not too large bottomed. The seat is somewhat narrow. You wont want to paddle a frenzy for long distances but for fishing/waves its should work fine. If you go in an elevator, you may need to make sure what length will fit in there!
Deciding among three kayaks for my fir|
Posted by: OverlyHackled on Jun-01-11 11:15 PM (EST)