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Old 07-23-2008   #1
Western Colo, Colorado
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Kayak for 12yo

I'm teaching my 12 year old son to kayak, I have an old RPM and Necky Switch. I was going to give him the Switch to use. Bad idea? Didn't particularly want to buy another boat until I know he's into kayaking...will trade either boat for more appropriate one. Thanks for any advice.

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Old 07-23-2008   #2
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I have found that kids kayaks hold their value very well. It was almost impossible for us to find a used Fun 1 to buy, so had to go new.

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Old 07-23-2008   #3
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Vaco... Here is the main issue. If the boat you are teaching in is not comfortable then you risk him not getting into it due to lack of comfort. Then you push that further with a boat that probably doesn't fit and you have lack of performance issues. I would at least consider renting a Fun 1.5 or 2 fun depending on his size.
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