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Old 06-01-2016, 10:12 AM   #1
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Need Advice - Buying Kayak's

I am looking for 2 12 foot to 14 foot Kayak's but entry level where you sit inside?

I don't want to spend a lot but just searching for suggestions

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Old 06-01-2016, 11:33 AM   #2
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The best thing to do is go to a few place that rent kayaks and try a few out to see what you like about the different models.

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Old 06-01-2016, 11:38 AM   #3
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I am in the midst of researching a fishing kayak purchase for my son. There are many different types of kayaks, and I found the link to this publication on another forum.

Read the articles in issues #6 and #10 for information.

We will probably go for the Sun Dolphin Excursion 10SS for him since it's on sale at Dunham's for less than $300 right now and, aside from additional floatation, has everything he needs. I don't intend to allow him to use it in rough water, windy days, or too far from shore, so the floatation issue isn't a problem for me.
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:54 PM   #4
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I just bought a 10ft journey 126 angler from Dicks. Haven't had it out yet but it got really great reviews and seemed to fit me. The sale price was 100.00 off and cost 350.00. I did a lot of reading and the sun dolphins don't get good reviews, but is the cheapest. Tractor supply was having a good sale on em last weekend. Dicks also had pelican brand yaks that got good reviews, they are in the in the 250-350th range. Ck Craig's list to. I scored a 1000.00 dagger for 200.00.
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Old 06-02-2016, 01:45 PM   #5
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We are very active paddlers here in Tennessee. Check out Wilderness Systems boats ... Pungo and Tsunami lines. Designed for Beginner to Intermediate paddlers, they are fun, forgiving, and well made. Just can't go wrong if it is your first boat. Also check out Jackson Kayaks Journey model. Some general considerations: Width (or beam) of the kayak: narrower is more agile, but less stable (21-23" range), i.e., more technical skill required, recreational boats usually run in the 24-28" range; Length: Longer generally faster, depending on skill of the paddler; Hull or Bottom Design: defined chines on hull help with stability and create more forgiving boat (Wilderness Sys), smooth is more agile (Journey); Cockpit Size: depth and height - consider the size of the paddler and how easy entry and exit will be from the boat. Boats do have load limits and the size of the prospective paddler should be considered; Seat Quality: Try before you buy! 3-4 hours on an uncomfortable seat can be brutal. Wilderness and Jackson offer nicely adjustable seating. All that said, spend as much time choosing the right size and style paddle to fit you, your boat, and your style of paddling (Werner paddles are awesome!). Then ... go have fun on the water!
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Old 06-02-2016, 03:22 PM   #7
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We have Advanced Element inflatable kayaks that we carry in our toad.

Speaking of load limits...get one that will accommodate your will be a more stable kayak.
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Old 06-02-2016, 03:29 PM   #8
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My wife and I have these and we love the light weight portability!

About 28 Lbs

I slap them up in my J cradles on the roof of my truck very easy.

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Bass pro shop sells their brand called Ascend. I have a few of them in 10' and 12' and love them! You can't beat the price and they are always having sales. Picked up my 12' for less than $500Click image for larger version

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Old 06-02-2016, 03:37 PM   #10
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I see you are looking for a sit inside. The sit on top models are much more forgiving in that they are impossible to swamp. There are lots of options available in the $300-400 range. Like an earlier post I highly recommend Wilderness Systems as one of the best but they are a lot more money if just starting out. You will need life vests too, just like any boat they are required weather you wear them or not. Kayaking is huge fun.

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