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Old 08-15-2016   #21
 
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Everything that was stated is great advice. Also look into any local colleges/universities. They tend to have kayak clubs that cater to all abilities.



For what it's worth, the Riot Magnum is one of my all time favorite creek boats. I even paddled one down the Grand Canyon. That said, don't blow a grand on a new boat as your first boat. Being on the east coast, hop on boatertalk.com and get yourself a great used boat for $200-$300. It will take you far and allow you to figure out what it is you want. I started 13 years ago in a Pyranha S6 200 that I bought for $250 used. I sold it for $250 and bought my first new kayak. I recently saw another S6 200 for $250. So, they hold value to a point very well.



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Went on there to look for a used kayak and nothing comes up within 100 miles of Philly


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Boater talk is more southeast oriented. Northeast Paddlers Message board might be more fruitful for the Philly area. www.npmb.com

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The most important thing about a boat is buying one that is properly sized and is already comfortable or can be outfitted to be comfy. That said, the magnum 80 is a good boat and you would probably have it for years. $700 is pretty good for a new boat. There is no boat that does everything. You will inevitably end up with a creeker/river runner and a playboat. Possibly even a lake boat, long boat, paddle board, river/play and even a slalom boat that's what happens, they multiply in your garage like rabbits lol.


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Don't be dramatic. The first two replies I got sucked. Been great ever since


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The most important thing about a boat is buying one that is properly sized and is already comfortable or can be outfitted to be comfy. That said, the magnum 80 is a good boat and you would probably have it for years. $700 is pretty good for a new boat. There is no boat that does everything. You will inevitably end up with a creeker/river runner and a playboat. Possibly even a lake boat, long boat, paddle board, river/play and even a slalom boat that's what happens, they multiply in your garage like rabbits lol.


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I cant seem to find a good site to get a new/used river running. Any sites offer free shipping?


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I cant seem to find a good site to get a new/used river running. Any sites offer free shipping?


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Is there a river run that you go to, that is a regular dam release? Look on Craigslist for that area, and you can meet them on the way to the water.
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Call Andy or Erica at Riversport in Confulence Pa. Drive to Riversport and take a 2 day class. Try a couple different used boats. Drive home.

After you look at where Confuence is on the Google and it seems too far away forget the idea of whitewater kayaking. There are a couple decent rivers in eastern Pa. Just decent. People flock to the Yougheheny River cause it runs 24/7/365.

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Call Andy or Erica at Riversport in Confulence Pa. Drive to Riversport and take a 2 day class. Try a couple different used boats. Drive home.

After you look at where Confuence is on the Google and it seems too far away forget the idea of whitewater kayaking. There are a couple decent rivers in eastern Pa. Just decent. People flock to the Yougheheny River cause it runs 24/7/365.

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That is good advice. Rivers are special because unlike bike trails (for example) they can not just be made or found anywhere. For most people kayaking is 50% driving and 50% paddling... if you are willing to travel/ adventure to new and exciting rivers. (Feel free to minus a few % to make room for beer drinking, safety meetings, etc...) Be ready to drive and to have a lot of fun.
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Call Andy or Erica at Riversport in Confulence Pa. Drive to Riversport and take a 2 day class. Try a couple different used boats. Drive home.



After you look at where Confuence is on the Google and it seems too far away forget the idea of whitewater kayaking. There are a couple decent rivers in eastern Pa. Just decent. People flock to the Yougheheny River cause it runs 24/7/365.



Curious ....... What do you drive ?

Half the fun is the road trip! That would be great to take a 2-day course and try out some kayaks. I want to purchase a kayak ASAP, but have no clue which will be right. I have a 2012 Nissan Sentra. Recently bought a Rhino Rack to transport the boat. If you meant motorcycle I have a 2014 Honda CTX700


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