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92 190 PS
04-03-2008, 01:22 PM
Anyone have any expierence with kayak's? Looking to get something stable for open water just for relaxing and exercise. Niece blew her knee out and we're trying to find some things she'll be able to do this summer since skiing isn't looking good.

Thinking 2 person and inflatable, but open for suggestions.

At first glance this is one I was looking at....

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2047642&cp=2367826.2672651.2674153.2291570&view=all&parentPage=family&searchId=24610894114

Or this...

http://www.qayak.com/kayak_store.asp?product_category_id=1&product_id=1

Thoughts?

Rich_G
04-03-2008, 01:39 PM
We live on a lake and I have a 1-person Sit-on-top Necky kayak. Personally, I would definitely recommend against inflatables. You will have to spend more, but the durability and performance you will get from the molded plastic versions is so much better.

Go and look at some of the big discount sporting goods places. Also, check out Craigslist. Lots of people buy these and then find out they don't use them. Who cares if it has some scratches.

LKNMC
04-03-2008, 01:43 PM
I would not go with an inflatable

bigmac
04-03-2008, 01:46 PM
I have a two-person Hobie Cat Oasis with the Mirage system (http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/index.html). It can be propelled by the Mirage pedal drive, standard paddles, or by a sail, or by all three. It's very fast....even comes with a speedometer (of sorts). It is an exceptionally well-designed and implemented system, and paddling and peddling makes for high speeds and a great workout.

http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/images/new_views/tandem_mirage.jpg

http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/images/mirage/addl_mirage2_anima.gif

Sodar
04-03-2008, 01:47 PM
Also, check out Craigslist. Lots of people buy these and then find out they don't use them. Who cares if it has some scratches.

EXACTLY! I got (2) 1 man Ocean Kayak "Scamblers" for the price of one off of craigslist. People buy them ALL the time, use them once or twice and sell them because they do take up alot of room.

Sodar
04-03-2008, 01:50 PM
I have a two-person Hobie Cat Oasis with the Mirage system (http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/index.html). It can be propelled by the Mirage pedal drive, standard paddles, or by a sail, or by all three. It's very fast....even comes with a speedometer (of sorts). It is an exceptionally well-designed and implemented system, and paddling and peddling makes for high speeds and a great workout.

http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/images/new_views/tandem_mirage.jpg

http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/images/mirage/addl_mirage2_anima.gif

Those are really cool! I tried one this summer and I could not beleive how fast they are!

mayo93prostar
04-03-2008, 01:51 PM
we have two wilderness systems pungo sit in kayaks (10ft and 12 ft) and like them very much. very stable and comfortable. bought them used from local rental place that got them from Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) store. not sure if you have them nearby. I hang them up in the garage over the boat and car with a pulley system.

pkskier
04-03-2008, 03:18 PM
We just bought 2 sit on Pelican kayaks about six weeks ago, have used them several times since and they are great. Good exercise, fun and with gas at almost $4.00 a gallon, pretty cheap. I also would not go with the inflatable.

Gerd
04-03-2008, 06:56 PM
Don't go inflatable if you want to get anywhere. My wife and I use Seaward kayaks and have for years. Go with either fiberglass or thermoform. Glass is a little quicker. Also look for a shallow or semi shallow "V" to give you a little added stability. Rudders are nice as long as they retract and make sure the cockpit is a comfortable size for you to get in and out of.
If you have a chance, demo a few first before you make a choice.

ProTour X9
04-03-2008, 08:07 PM
We have two Daggers, both two seaters; we can stand up in them to hunt turtles and currently are using them to break through ice on the lake. They have a very wide flat bottom with good V in the front to break waves, they are, unfortunately, discontinued models but I'm sure they have something equivalent.

Here's their website : http://dagger.com/

uawaterskier
04-03-2008, 08:18 PM
my uncle has a 2 man kayak...he is like most though, its only been in the water a few times

Monte
04-03-2008, 09:52 PM
my uncle has a 2 man kayak...he is like most though, its only been in the water a few times
Maybe you can hook the man up with a deal and help your uncle downsize all at one time;)