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Old 03-07-2011   #11
Golden, Colorado
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Whatever you go with, I would go with something that was released in the past 5 years, MAYBE the past 10 years.

Think of a kayak's evolution as being just like that of surfboards, skis, etc. Do not pay very much for an old design. The only market for them is for beginners and schools. A used kayak of an old design is worthless, really. It is a giant piece of plastic taking up space in someone's garage and if they try to get more than $50 out of it then they are not being fair.

You mentioned a Pyrahna InAZone.... great boat to learn in but outdated and you shouldn't pay very much for one. I have a InAZone 232 that I have been half-heartedly trying to sell at swaps for several years... can't get $50 for it. This year I am going to see if I can get store credit for a T-shirt for it.

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Old 03-07-2011   #12
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Agreed and agreed.

Buy a newer (past ~5 years) boat to take advantage of the evolution. Newer boats are more fun, perform better, and way more comfortable. You wouldn't go buy long straight skis and rear entry boots from 1980 just because they're cheap.

If you are an aggressive boater, learn in a playboat and you will get better faster. If you are less aggressive, buy a more stable boat and you will benefit from more confidence on the water and take less lumps in the learning process.

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Old 03-08-2011   #13
Santa Cruz, California
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Join Date: Mar 2011
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thank you everyone for your help deciding.
I have been looking at craigslist and these are the only kayaks this week.

Pyranha Inazone 230 = doesnt sound like a good deal you say
Wavesport Diesel 75 = you all have good things to say about
Liguid logic hoss = i believe for a bigger person
prijon kaituna = not sure
dagger juice = not sure

inazone you said is to old and not worth much, thankyou.
dagger juice or prijon kaituna you know anything about them ?I
I dont think i want to go with a play boat right now, want to teach my son and get the feel of things again.
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Old 03-08-2011   #14
Provo, Utah
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From that list ... Diesel 75. How much is it?
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Old 03-08-2011   #15
Santa Cruz, California
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he wants $ 400 for the diesel, sounds like a little much.
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Old 04-17-2011   #16
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Go with a diesel buddy! Even more so for your sons benefits, they are do adjustable and he can grow into it. They don't do much play boating but it front surfs well and can spin well too.

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