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Old 02-20-2009   #1
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Afternoon all, I'm just a new guy looking to buy his first kayak. I'm 6'2" & 200lbs. Looking for something for light use - mostly creek & bayou, some fishing . . . not alot of whitewater in south mississippi. W/out breaking the bank what would be a good entry level Kayak? What's availible locally are the pelicans & maybe heritage at Academy Sports. Craigslist dosn't show much of anything. While I'm asking, what are the advantages/disadvantages of sit on top vs. sit in? Thanks.


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Old 02-20-2009   #2
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Hey New Guy, this is actually a whitewater forum so most of us don't have much experience with sit-on-tops or flatwaters boats in general. I have a Dagger approach for lakeboating, I love it because it has a drop-down skeg so I can take it down some easy whitewater (which I have done) and still track straight on the flats. I've never tried a sit on top but they have some pretty cool ones out there with some cool ways of moving the boat via pedals and such.

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Old 02-20-2009   #3
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You might check out the forum called boatertalk. There are a lot of eastern boaters which might be more helpful. I used a sit-on top many years ago, and loved it (I never ended up a kayaker). But it seems the ducky (IK) has taken over the non-hardshell market. There are some folks hucking huge with duckies, so you can go all directions on them, but I don't think they track well in flatwater.
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Old 02-20-2009   #4
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What about Ed on the poudre? he is always geting down in his sit on top. I think you will have more options on a sit on top, little more stable, thigh straps for when you need to paddle and more options for the fisherman. more gear storage and easyer acess to it. the only downside is you will get wet, if you like to paddle in the cold your going to freeze to death on a sit on top, unless you get a dry suit. that would be clasic.

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Old 02-20-2009   #5
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Not sure if this is in your budget but it is one of the coolest fishing kayaks made.
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Old 02-20-2009   #6
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I think you want a canoe, I really like the spring creek stabilizers (not the foam ones but the plastic streamlined ones). Been using one of these on flatwater for fishing/crabbing/canoe chains and easy rivers for many years and the dog hasn't flipped me yet. You should be able to get a satisfactory canoe for $200 from craigslist I would think.
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