Saturday, July 25, 2009

Kayaking


We are thinking of purchasing a kayak. Can anyone recommend a brand? We are considering a tandem, then next summer buying a single, so maybe we can train Lucy to go along. Any suggestions, or dire warnings?

20 comments:

Hilary said...

I personally knew nothing, so went to Dick's sporting goods, and bought one. I spent $350, and then ended up buying another one. They are great. I know I could get one that is more expensive, maybe that went "faster", but I have a lot of fun, and I have the second one for friends, and for under $1000 for everything, including life vests and paddles, I am happy.

Brian Miller said...

my parents just got two kayaks. they love it and it is great exercise. would love to have one, used to keyek when i lived in MD with friends who had several.

Sarah Lulu said...

I don't think I'm kayak material haha ...but I do do do love the look of Lake Tahoe ...

Reya Mellicker said...

I'm more of a canoe kind of person. Well ... I'm a hybrid - I like to use a kayack paddle in a canoe.

Clearly I can not be of any help!

Joanne said...

I've never been in a kayak, so can't be of help. But it looks so nice to be out on the water like that!

Jeff D'Antonio said...

I do whitewater kayaking, so my needs in a kayak are a lot different from yours (I'm assuming you're looking for a lake or touring style kayak).

Cobra makes great kayaks. I've never been in any of their touring kayaks though.

Dagger is another good name. I have a friend who spends a lot of time on lakes in a Dagger and he loves his.

Heritage makes good kayaks for beginners - they are known for being stable and easy to maneuver.

The most important thing in a touring kayak is comfort - you want a comfortable seat with good back support. Better ones will also have a water-tight storage compartment in the front to keep your lunch and other dry gear dry in the event of a flip.

For a beginner, you want a kayak with good stability characteristics. You won't be able to tell that until you're out on the water, so it's best if you can find a place that will let you test drive one before you buy it. You also want one that's easy to get out of if you flip.

Hope this helps some. Everyone has different needs, and there are lots of kayaks to choose from, so it's hard to say from here what will fit you best.

ellen abbott said...

All my kayaking experience is in river/whitewater kayaks. Jeff gave some great advice and guidelines though.

Like Reya, I much prefer a canoe.

~JarieLyn~ said...

I can't be of any help, but jeff's comment was very informative. I always love the pictures you post at the top of each blog post.

Star said...

sorry, I can't help you there Nancy. I've never been in a kayak.
Blessings, Star

California Girl said...

I have a kayak & canoe advertiser client who highly recommend you demo kayaks before you buy.

They sell lake & river and ocean kayaks and I've written copy on Old Town, Wenonah, Necky and Prejon. You should be able to find all you need to know on the internet or with a reputable dealer who can advise what size & make to buy for your skill level. Your skill level will dictate everything.

Nancy said...

nope cant help ya I know nothing of kayaking. Hope you find a good one though!

Jo said...

I'm a canoe person myself. I love canoes. But kayaking is wonderful fun too. Make sure you take lessons in how to right yourself if you tip over. Most community centers give lessons.

Most importantly -- have fun...!

Nancy said...

Thanks everyone - you have given me many things to consider before we buy. Not the least of which, is to try them out first. Good advice.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

My sister and her husband live in Victoria B.C. and they have owned kayaks for several years. I'm afraid they shopped around quite a bit first, and I'm not privy to which brand they ended up buying, but they sure have found a healthy hobby. Hope you find the right fit too.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Love kayaks, but am clueless about brands. Tandems are great fun, but the solo route is cool, too. Maybe two solos?

gypsywoman said...

hey lady - aren't you just loving intention experiment? hope so! jenean

Nancy said...

gypsy - I am! About halfway.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

We have two kayaks at the lake. The boys use them, mostly to sink or have paddle wars. My advice? There are boats that have motors. Much easier and you don't have to sweat.

Marguerite said...

I don't know much about kayaks, but they look like they would be a lot of fun. Down here, we use pirogues, (small canoes) and just about every kind of boat that you can imagine. Good luck finding the right one and have fun!

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