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Old 10-16-2015, 08:16 PM   #1
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:49 AM   #2
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Looking good, I will be looking over the Sea of Cortez in a kayak in a few weeks.
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:59 AM   #3
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very peaceful pictures!
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Old 10-17-2015, 11:54 AM   #4
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:42 PM   #5
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Sweet! We love to kayak. We have singles and a tandem, so relaxing.
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My wife and I enjoy kayaking, too.
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Took my yak for one last trip this week before storing it for the winter😥


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Old 10-17-2015, 09:00 PM   #9
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DH and I are thinking of buying some kayaks. Any advice for 1st time purchasers? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-18-2015, 06:40 AM   #10
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Try some different types before buying. We have rented some we feel very comfortable in and some where they don't feel so stable.
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KrisK,

I jumped in and bought my kayak after just going out a couple of times. I did lots of research and did go to a rental place and try several out.
However, since I live on the puget sound the majority of my paddling is in open water I decided to take courses to learn correct paddling techniques, basic navigation and rescue skills. I should have waited to get my kayak after I took the courses as some boats are better for certain types of water, conditions and the type of paddling you want to do (day trips, overnight, etc.) as well as ease of getting it to and in the water.
Thankfully, I got a pretty good kayak that serves me well (Necky Chatham 16). But, many times I have to transport the kayak on my own and a smaller and lighter Kayak may have been a better choice for a small woman.


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Some of my "paddle pics" from this past Summer - which was also my fire Summer of FIRE. Which of course meant I paddled further and more often than ever before. I think I got in around 100km this year. Saw some amazing things from the seat of my Kevlar/fibreglass Telkwa - truly one of the best touring kayaks out there.
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DH and I are thinking of buying some kayaks. Any advice for 1st time purchasers? Thanks in advance.
A few random points:

1) Types of water - Where do you intend to paddle at? Ponds/lakes with sandy beaches, or ocean areas with rocks? Where you will likely encounter hard/rocky bottoms, definitely go with a plastic-type for your first purchase, since it can damage a fiberglass or more expensive model.

2) Rent, then check Craigslist - Another poster suggested renting one or two to get a feel. Remember that the shorter and wider it is, the more effort you will have to paddle...but the shorter and wider it is, the more stable and easier it also is to get into and maneuver around for the first dozen times. As far as purchasing, Craigslist should have some deals for your first kayak, especially this time of year when people might want to get rid of their kayak. However, unlike some other used items on Craigslist, unless you get a fairly old/well used kayak, discounts on kayaks may only range from 20%-40% off of new retail price. Don't be afraid to spend just $250 or so on a really basic or well-work kayak to use for your first season or two to get some experience. You might find a cheap one for that price at a major sporting goods chain, but those will typically be fairly short models.

3) Rudder/Skeg not too important - While some people might feel lost without it, I personally don't think it's too important to need a rudder or a skeg on a kayak. Sure, it might require a little more maneuvering, but it's not like it should be that much more difficult to paddle a few more times to get positioned just right.
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I had mine out for one last trip in northern MN, just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, on Saturday. Broke ice in a couple of places, it was barely 30 degrees. Absolutely beautiful trip down an undeveloped river, wildlife everywhere.

I put it away for the season when I got home.

As for kayaks, I've had great results from my Perceptions. I use them mostly on small rivers and ponds, they've stood up well to a lot of abuse. Get one with a keel, some department store models don't have any type of keel system and they're slippery on the water.
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3) Rudder/Skeg not too important - While some people might feel lost without it, I personally don't think it's too important to need a rudder or a skeg on a kayak. Sure, it might require a little more maneuvering, but it's not like it should be that much more difficult to paddle a few more times to get positioned just right.
It all depends on where you paddle and how big the waves, tide, and winds are.

I have kayaked without a rudder (borrowed a kayak from a friend) where the wind and waves kept me paddling 98% of the time on only one side of the boat (think canoe-type paddling). I almost wrenched my back due to the heavy overuse on one side. I've also been in an incoming tide situation (same borrowed kayak), paddling parallel to a shoreline, that was a lot more work for me than my friend in the kayak with a rudder.

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Also learning to lean your boat to aid in turning helps eliminate the need to drop your rudder into the water. I rarely use mine, even in moderate winds or currents.

Not all boats respond the same to leans...some barely respond at all, especially models with a hard-chine hull...they track better though. Mine is a nice combo of tracking and lean-response maneuverability. My kayak is almost 16 years old now and I'm not even close to thinking about a replacement yet.

And if at all possible, I'd try to avoid plastic models. Less structural rigidity and so darn heavy compared to composite materials (fibreglass/Kevlar).
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Alas, my kayaking season is coming to end in a month or so.
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I have a canoe, two touring (skirted) kayaks, a tandem glass touring kayak (for sale), a whitewater kayak, and a custom built surf kayak. I've been kayaking since 91. All that being said, don't judge kayaking by the rentals out there. They are entry level, very inefficient but stable. They will work for a short trip but for a day long paddle or a paddle with others, you will want a good kayak with an even better paddle--carbon fiber bent shaft. buying the best can be expensive if bought new but used are often half price or less. like my EDDYLINE WhisperLite tandem was over $3000 new without paddles/skirts/pfd's.
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I tethered my kayak to our garage ceiling, but I hope to get another nice day for some kayaking.
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