Purchasing a kayak

  • GoodPup

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    Jun 21, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    Hey... I want to get a kayak for just some fun recreational use and a little different way to get some outside activity. I took a basic kayakingclass for one of my community college PE credits and liked it. We just used basic sit on top kayaks... but it was still very relaxing and cool to do locally.

    So I think I wanna get a kayak to do regularly on the weekends during the warmer months... like now. Do any of you have suggestions of what type? Like... I can go to an REI or local sports store, but I don't know what would be good to look for as far as lake, smooth river paddling.
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    Jun 21, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    We have a yearly event in Vancouver, WA. A local outfitter brings a bunch of kyaks out to the lake and lets the public take them out for a test ride.


    Ask REI if they know of any events like this in your area.

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    Jun 21, 2008 3:39 AM GMT
    Living in Calif. you have nice weather most of the year, but you can have some cool weather. I've paddled sit on tops and sit in models. I like ocean kayaks better over all as you can get a model that has a rudder and that makes it easy to steer. You can put the spray skirt on/around you if the weather is cool and or rainy. These types typically have compartments to store things for day or overnight trips. There are lots of makes and models, so shop around and find one you like & try it out if you can. I always like the brand: Current Design and the model is the Storm. The smaller version for smaller individuals is the Squall.

    Happy times...
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    Jun 21, 2008 9:27 AM GMT
    Outdoor shops here generally have a few demo boats they will loan people - dont buy a boat unless you have had a chance to paddle it around a bit. A minute sitting in it in a shop is so different than a few hours sitting in it in action. Talk to the retailers about demos.
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    Jun 21, 2008 9:41 AM GMT
    Not sure what stores they offer out in Cali but I'd shop by brand rather than by store - I like Old Town boats because of quality. They offer additional boats under a few other names as well. If your the cheap kind find the stores like Cabela's that offer 100% satisfaction. While they technically might hate a kayak return better safe than sorry in case you become unsatisfied down the road.

    For smooth paddling nearly every store offering kayak's will work. These are the most numerous types of boats. Generally speaking the longer the boat the faster you can push it across water. I have a 12' Old Town Kayak which is the largest I can lift and carry myself.
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    Nov 26, 2009 1:43 PM GMT
    If you want to just get a kayak for recreational purposes, I would go with the perception rythm 14. Its amazing if you are a begginer (even if you are an expert) because its lightweight and goes pretty fast.

    My boyfriend recently bought a kayak, and even though he thought I dint know anything about them (mainly because I wanted him to have that special moment and feel like he was teaching me about kayaks since I tend to know A LOT about different things) I have owned several kayaks before when I was younger and perception rythm has been a favorite of mine.

    Costs are between $1600 and $2000 depending on the kind of quality, aesthetics, and visual presentation. This kayak has a compartment to store food and its just down right good!

    If you want something cheaper maybe try:

    Hurricane Sante 116 (about $700 to $900).

    Hurricane Tampico 135 L ($900 to $1100)

    Necky Rip ($600 to $750)

    Ive owned borth Hurricanes and they are pretty good.

    Just depends on how much you are willing to spend. Good Luck! icon_wink.gif
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 27, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    Ideally under $1000.... $700 sounds good to me. haha
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    Mar 08, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    Did you get one yet? My buddy got his at Bass Pro... he didn't know anything about them, but the sales people gave him some pretty honest advice.
  • TNguy

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    Mar 15, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
    This my first post here. I bought a Wilderness System's Tarpoon 100 last year and love it. It is the type that you sit on rather than sit in.

    I recommend you go to a good outdoor store that specializes in kayaks. Some offer classes and rentals so you can try out different sizes and styles.

    Have fun!!
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    Mar 15, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    Even better - if you have a kayaking dock, I would go rent there several times before you buy. Try out different ones and see how you like 'em. I enjoy a good sit on top, to tell the truth. They're versatile, fun boats.
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    Mar 15, 2010 12:58 AM GMT
    If you're planning to use it for a lake or smooth water then a touring kayak works well. It allows you to dismount and jump back on easily. Otherwise if you plan to run the rapids then I would go with one you sit into and allows a 'skirt' that seals you in. The skirt helps to dispel the water you'd no doubt encounter.
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    Mar 15, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    I just bought a 'Pelican' for 200. last week. Took me a little gettin used to cause it's so short, but I really like using it now. I wouldn't mind gettin one a little bit longer that had a little more control. The sit on ones are a little more stable than the enclosed ones. 'Pelican's' and 'Old Town' are good ones.
    Good for you deciding to pick it up, btw. I just decided as well and its the best decision that I have made in awhile. I am glad that I got a couple of my friends interested in it as well, so they are stoked to go with me down the Brazos.
  • New_Life

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    Mar 15, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    I also have the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100
    It's a great sit on top...easy to handle.

    http://www.wildernesssystems.com/product/index/products/recreational/recreational_tarpon/tarpon_100_recreational/
  • GoodPup

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    Mar 15, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    I found a local kayak shop that from March to October, it does monthly test rides where they bring one of each of their kayaks to the harbor for test paddling. So as soon as I can get some Saturdays off I will try going and narrowing down some options.
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    Apr 05, 2010 1:56 PM GMT
    I have a store that sells outdoor gear and I really like Necky and Delta Kayaks. Expect to pay a minimum of about 1100.00 for a 12 -14 foot touring kayak. Remember the longer the boat the faster you move through the water. The short 10 footers are fun for small rivers but offer no stowage capacity and less comfort.
  • GoodPup

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    Apr 05, 2010 3:17 PM GMT
    cestfort2000 saidI have a store that sells outdoor gear and I really like Necky and Delta Kayaks. Expect to pay a minimum of about 1100.00 for a 12 -14 foot touring kayak. Remember the longer the boat the faster you move through the water. The short 10 footers are fun for small rivers but offer no stowage capacity and less comfort.


    Oh cool... I hadn't heard that about the longer boats having more speed. Good to know.
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 05, 2010 3:26 PM GMT
    As a beginner or a novice, you should check out used ones via craigslist. You still get great deals and don't shell out more money than you need to.
  • GoodPup

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    Apr 05, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    yeah... been looking there, but it seems like the options are so limited.
  • FredMG

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    Apr 05, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    pdxor said We have a yearly event in Vancouver, WA. A local outfitter brings a bunch of kyaks out to the lake and lets the public take them out for a test ride.


    Ask REI if they know of any events like this in your area.



    That'd be REI Portland that does it. I work there. ;)

    As far as buying a kayak, call an REI and ask for a paddle demo day, you'll get a 15% off cupon for your boat.

    Not that I'm super into promoting REI in my time off but it's a decent palce to shop with some good discounts. For god's sake though if you want to ask a lot of questions don't go in on a weekend.
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    Apr 05, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
    I think I should offer a 15% discount for RJ members. What do you think? the website will be up in 2 weeks.
  • GoodPup

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    Apr 05, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
    cestfort2000 saidI think I should offer a 15% discount for RJ members. What do you think? the website will be up in 2 weeks.


    If you were in CA that would help too... ha! Although, I guess I could go visit my dad in Chicago. But I don't really do that. lol
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    Apr 06, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    i'll post the website when its up, maybe i can help you with something else.
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    Apr 18, 2010 6:01 AM GMT
    There's a couple places near me where I can rent a kayak for 7 bucks an hour. Being a part-time recreation, there's no need to buy if it's available to rent cheap.
    And I'm glad you started this thread...now I'll go kayaking Monday in the bay. icon_biggrin.gif
  • GoodPup

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    Apr 19, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    Oh yeah? That might give me something to do in a couple weeks when I am in Fort Lauderdale. :-)
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:04 PM GMT
    I was out yesterday in a Necky 14 foot Manitou that was awesome. It tracked great without the skeg, very fast and very fun. Not thatresonsive on the naroow rivers but what can you expect for 14 feet......