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Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 10:02 am

Could Anyone Recommend a Good Touring Kayak?


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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 10:40 am

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.
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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:49 am

Ever consider building one yourself.

There are quite a few wood strip kits out there and they are really attractive when you are done.

What type of waters are you planning to use it in? How much weight including yourself are you planning to haul?
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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 10:53 pm

L-188,

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).

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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 12:02 am

I recommend the Wilderness brank of kayaks. I use mine (a tandem) on rivers and lakes.
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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 1:10 am

MBMBOS,

Hey, I saw on your profile that you are in BOS. I'm moving there in two weeks. Cool, eh? Where are you at?

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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 1:28 am

K&P out of the UK

In the US try:

Perception Kayaks
P&H Kayaks
or if you're a beginner....try Dagger

For whitewater....go with Wildnerness Systems (not cheap).
 
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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 5:47 am

I was in REI yesterday and Wilderness systems where the cheapest or the lot.

Those folding ones where the most expensive, but theones I eventually want to get.

Most of the Kayaks I saw would carry about 300 single and 500 tandem seat on average.

There where a couple that I saw that where right at 700. Which is a lot cheaper then the one dagger I looked at which was about 14-16.

Reality is that cost is really going to depend on what material it is made out, Polyethelene is cheaper and a bit heavier but for the use you are discribing probably isn't a drawback.

I personally wouldn't order a touring kayak without a rudder, but that really is only needed on longer ones, you can get by perfectly fine without one.
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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 5:53 am

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.
 
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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 5:58 am

Yeah, that is the one thing that Alaska is good for in the summer.

Actually about two years ago I saw a book on building a Bidarka, which is the traditional Aleut Kayak. Didn't have the money to buy it. After pay day went back to the store and it was gone.

DOH!!!


Still haven't been able to find that book again in town.


It would be a neat project.
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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 6:50 am

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.
 
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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 12:58 pm

Dahawaiian,

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.

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RE: Could Anyone Recommend A Good Touring Kayak?

Thu Apr 24, 2003 5:27 am

Here's my pick:

http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?productId=47605689&storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&langId=-1

Check it out, eh? Now I've just got to get the money. Better start flying like crazy!

(Ahh, being a CFI is a great thing to be--in order to be financially stable, I've got to fly more instead of less. I knew all that hard work was good for something!)

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