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Old 02-03-2014   #1
Atlanta, Georgia
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Beginners in kayaking

Hi, all.

My friends and I are thinking of investing in a kayak and we're rather excited about that We have our eye on this one Perception Sport Swiftwater 13.5 II Tandem Kayak Review | Tandem Kayak Reviews.... sort of... we can't entirely agree.

So, I was wondering if maybe some of you could point me out what features should we look for in a kayak for beginners I would really like to hear some of your experiences - what do you miss in your vessel, and what feature you couldn't part from. Please, be as specific as you possible


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Old 02-03-2014   #2
River City, Oregon
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What kind of water do you plan on running? Lakes and slow moving rivers or whitewater runs? If whitewater is your goal what rivers? That will help you pick which craft.

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Old 02-03-2014   #3
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well, we thought about doing some kayaking in swifter waters, but maybe that'll be a bit too much for us first-timers :P Let's just say, that we hope to stay dry running down some slower rivers for starters :P

but, is it important? couldn't we just purchase one that would be good for both options?
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Old 02-03-2014   #4
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A sit on top kayak like you posted is fine for mellow water if your goal is staying dry. Anything more and you may want to look into other types of boats. Maybe a hard shell kayak and make some friends that can teach you. Or maybe look into a 1 or 2 person inflatable kayak. Fun on the flat water but can also handle some whitewater when you're up for it.
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Old 02-03-2014   #5
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You won't want to boat anything beyond easy class II water with a sit on top....that leaves a lot of rivers out of your reach for safe navigation. Hard shell decked kayaks are the most versatile for whitewater, but more difficult to learn. An excellent option for you to look at are inflatable kayaks aka duckies. Initial cost will be higher, but in the long run you will be able to explore many more rivers with an inflatable and it will hold it's resale value better. There is some excellent information about different kinds of boats and their intended uses here:

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Old 02-03-2014   #6
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Hey there and how ya going? If you're interested in a sit on top that has performance, is stable, has storage inside, and can run rivers from flat to whitewater, than take a look at Fluid's "Do It Now" sit on top.

Do It Now - Whitewater Kayaks - Kayaks

It's a great boat, stable, and easy to paddle. Completely bomber plastic and will grow with you as you develop your kayaking skills. It's not your average sit on top. It can carve, surf waves, and will roll if you have one.

Let me know if you need any help with it.


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