MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2582 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1386 times:
I'm not an expert sportsman, but I noticed that in L.L. Bean's Outdoor catalog they are really pushing kayaks in all categories - ones that have bulkheads with extra foam filling and can withstand ocean water and/or rapids. They also have some less expensive models for touring protected bays and small lakes. You might want to take a look.
Also, Eastern Mountain Sports seems to have a full collection. I've had very good luck with EMS products.
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1377 times:
Lets see, I'd be using it on slow rivers, lakes, and perhaps on a relatively calm ocean. I'd be starting off by using it for mainly recreational paddling, but I'd like it to be able to do some touring, because I'd like to get into that eventually. Let's say it should carry me and all my gear, so that's 160+60 pounds, so I guess we're lookin' at 220 lbs (ballpark).
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1358 times:
Well...I'm not going to argue the merits of kayaks...to each their own. By the time you get a Wildnerness with all the accessories it can get pretty pricey for the quality (I guess I should have said value in my original post).
Daggers have always been cheap...in quality and cost. I was not impressed.
I'm in TX...quite likely you have a much larger selection in your region.
Dahawaiian From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1352 times:
I go out and catch waves with my kayak every once and a while. I have a single made by Ocean Kayaks that is relatively good in the rough stuff. Most of their product line is for warm climates, however they have a few sit-inside models that look good.
My kayak is made of thick plastic that won't crack if it crashes on the rocks. I consider the use of plastic necessary for durability purposes if you use it a lot. A fiberglass hulled kayak is lighter and made for speed whereas the big-beamed plastic kayaks are much more stable in the water. The plastic ones are more cumbersome to transport due to their size and weight however.
I like the sit-on-tops because even though you get wet, it is much easier to get on or off the kayak in serious situations. Sometimes it is better to jump off when a huge wave is coming rather than getting smashed up on the rocks along with your kayak.
Sit-on-tops are preferred where I live due to their usage (surfing) and tropical climate. Someone living on the mainland USA would probably want a sit-inside kayak to protect them from the elements. You aren't a real kayaker until you get hit by the white stuff in my opinion. That is where you learn the most.
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1345 times:
Yeah, I'd probably be looking for a sit-inside model--Boston itself seems to usually be swell-blocked, but maybe out on the cape... That could be fun. There's a lot of inland lakes in the area too that I'd want to check out I'll make sure that my boat-to-be at least has a skeg (if not a rudder) so it will track well in the surf.