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Old 10-05-2008   #1
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Can I get a ocean kayak for less than $250?


I am looking for a recreational use ocean kayak but don't have a lot to spend. Is it possible to get one for less than $200-250 or so? I've seen some on ebay sell new for about $450 but used is harder to come by. Any suggestions appreciated. FYI I am looking for a single for myself (6'2" 170 lbs)


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Old 10-06-2008   #2
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Never mind I found exactly what i wanted at walmart:

$240 Pelican Viper DLX Recreational 9' 4" Sit-on-Top Kayak with Backrest and Paddle: Fishing & Boating

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Old 10-06-2008   #3
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Not worth it for sea-kayaking!

That is pretty much junk for the ocean. I would not try to use it in heavy surf or where the current can be strong. Most ocean going kayaks are a lot longer and have a rear rudder controlled by your feet. That kayak is meant for protected waters like a lagoon or better yet a lake. Any sort of wind will push that thing around like a tooth-pick and/or flip you into the drink.

You would be much better off saving up some more $ and buying a real sea-kayak.
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Old 10-07-2008   #4
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Old 10-07-2008   #5
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You ought to be able to find a more seaworthy sit on top or sea kayak used if you live in Long Beach.A lot of people buy them then hardly ever use them and sell them. Be careful using that walmart thing.
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