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Old 08-03-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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Question for those with kayaks/canoes...

so im thinking id like to add a kayak to my camping arsenal of junk to tow/store/maintain so I can enjoy it a few times a year.....lol

I know a lot of you on here have em, so what should I look for and/or what do you recommend?

wont fish out of it, and would like sufficient space/arrangement so I can take my 2yr old along with me.....nothing crazy...just fun and another way for me to get her out and enjoy things with her..

we don't have much of a kayak market here so I didn't bother to go out looking at em....we have all the usual (gander/cabelas/academy).....or is there somewhere else I should be looking ?

or is there a kayak forum I need to join and become the new guy there?..haha..

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Old 08-03-2014, 05:51 PM   #2
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Look at Nucanoe as an option. Very stable, you can stand up on it. You sit on top not inside so very easy to get on and off and the entire deck can hold gear. Also available short enough to stand up on the back of RV, easy for one person to load. I am thinking of selling my 12 foot kayak for one, although it is a great rig.
The wider sit on styles let you get off and swim, then slide right back on and paddle.


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Old 08-03-2014, 05:59 PM   #3
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Check out inflatable floats/boats/canoes/kayaks.
We have a hard plastic canoe because we have dogs. I would prefer an inflatable.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:04 PM   #4
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thanks guys...a collapsible/inflatable was my first thought, but I don't have good luck with anything that holds air combined with my 200lb dog and kids...

ill check the nucanoe...that sounds interesting....stability is important since I want to take the mini mouse muppet with me....
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:20 PM   #5
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We are looking too. We were in a SOT (sit on top) & a sit in, both recreational ones this week. The SOT is more stable but you will get wet. It is also slower, more work paddling. We plan on two sit in kayaks about 10-11 feet so they will fit in our truck bed. Prices range down from $700 to about $250, don't forget the PDF & paddle.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:25 PM   #6
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Is it just you in there or do you have kids? ..so u get less wet in a sit in?..seems u would get wet either way..

And everything with my mouse muppet is more work. ..we mtn bike , hike with her in backpack, and I trail run wirh her in a bob...im used to it...I dont like it though...keeps me in shape I guess...lol
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Our son is 28 so it is just the 2 of us with a kayak each.

The SOT has holes in it to drain, is easier to get both of you in, & more stable. You are more exposed to wind, sun & water. The sit in also gets some water that runs down the paddle so you need a sponge.

As long as it is warm, the water needs to be warm too, a SOT seems to me the way for you to go. If you are in Maine, I would get a sit in.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:50 PM   #8
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We are in texas...generally anywhere we would use a yak its warm...im looking em up now!. Thanks
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It all depends on your budget. Since you are in Texas, check out Austin Canoe and Kayak. They have about every kayak made in their inventory. I have nothing to do with them, but have made purchases from them. They are also available to answer questions. If at all possible, I suggest you try a few out before you buy. Every brand has it's following and forums. I wouldn't spend time cruising forums trying to figure out what to buy.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:12 AM   #10
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Wow kayak overload!...austin kayak is nice, but austin is bout 400 miles from me!!. Lol..texas is a big ol state. ..I think your right though...I need to try some out especially if its gonna be as expensive of an endeavour as it appears! Thanks!
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