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Old 03-05-2008   #1
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Looking for Kids Kayak

All,
I am looking to buy a used kayak for my 4 and 6 year old.

What are the different kids boats out there? I know the Jackson makes the 1.5, any others?

Does anyone have a used kid boat for sale?

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Old 03-05-2008   #2
 
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The Wavesport Fuse, LiquidLogic CR 80 and the Remix 47 are all new kids boats out this year
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For kids that young I would look for something cheap like a used WS EVO or a Jib.
there were some at the CKS swap last year for $125-200
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Old 03-06-2008   #4
 
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the 4 year old is going to need a fun 1. The six year old could go with the 1.5, the CR 50, river play type, actually is smaller than the 80 or the Remix 47, river runner/creek. The Remix is super stable. It is longer but especially if they are light for the boat it will turn plenty quick. Have not seen the wave sport boat. I would stay away from the Jib. It is uncomfortable even for small kids and hard to turn, and tippy - the worst of all possible worlds. If you want Cheap the evo may work or actually the supersport could work for the 6 year old.

Just don't put them in a skirt till you are confident they can pull 110%. Otter has paddled a lot of river with out a skirt. He seldom uses one in the pool. When he asks I will let him use one. A trick is to tie a piece of rope to the grab loop and then around his waist. It is easy for him to find and applies a vector pull to the grab loop. Keep the line as tight as you can to avoid snags.

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Old 03-06-2008   #5
 
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Jackson Fun1

Definitely check out the Fun1 - it's the smallest boat out there period and the best for little kids. It fits my oldest boy who just turned 8 almost perfectly - he's tall and skinny. This year will be his last year in it and next year I'll get him a Fun1.5 or possibly a WaveSport Fuse 35.

The Fuse 35 is very similar in overall specs to the Fun1.5. Here are the specs for all three boats that can also be found at their respective websites:

Fun 1

My five year old is just getting into it and by next summer year the Fun1 will fit him well, but I'll take him down some easy runs . they're holding their price on the used market but it's definitely worth it. My boys have been using a Fun1 the last few years. This year will be my eight year old's last year in the boat - he'll be too tall for it next year and then I'll get him a Fun1.5.
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Old 03-06-2008   #6
 
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Jackson Fun1

Definitely check out the Fun1 - it's the smallest boat out there period and the best for little kids IMHO. Drop in at a local shop and have your kids sit in it and compare it to other boats. Not sure where your located, but I'm in Fort Collins and you can try mine out in a pool, and a group of folks in Denver at hitting a pool on Sunday's with several small kid boats in tow.

My avatar photo shows my oldest in his yellow Fun1 last fall when he was 7.

The Fun1 fits my oldest boy who just turned 8 like a glove - he's tall and skinny. This year will be his last year in it and next year I'll get him a Fun1.5 or possibly a WaveSport Fuse 35, as they're very similar in overall size/specs. By then my 5 year old will fit the Fun1 well - it's a tad bit big for him now. Until then, they get to share and trade off on trips to the pool, river, etc.

I don't recommend getting your kids an older school small boat as they're just too little. I tried that early on and my oldest struggled to try and paddl those boats when he was 3/4/5. My wife was very skeptical when I brought home a Fun1 - until she saw my oldest - 5 at the time - hop in the boat at the pool and paddle it around effortlessly. The boat is light enough he has no troblem packing it around himself, empty it out when he bails, etc. It's been the best purchase kayak purchase I've ever made.

Here are the specs for all three boats that can also be found at their respective websites:

Boat: Fun 1 Fun1.5 Fuse 35 2Fun (classic)
Length: 5'3" 5'9" 5'10" 6'3"
Width: 20" 22" 24.5" 24"
Volume: 26 gal 35 gal 35 gal 46 gal
Weight: 19.8 lbs 23 lbs 26 lbs 26.6 lbs
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The Epitike is an 18.5" wide ww boat slalom style, and my 2 yo fits it for pool fun and possible the lake this summer after ice goes out, but I need to find him a paddle - help?
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You said used but but Jackson has their kid-sized boats discounted by $200 down to $499 through the end of April. If you only had one kid, s/he'd outgrow it quick so a new one might not make sense, but since you have two young ones, you'd likely get several years good use out of one. And as FatmanZ says, they seem to hold their value pretty well.

Good luck!
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I'll look for an outlet with a Sidekick or a Fun 1 nearby, such as Seattle, or do you have a good idea of where to find one? shipping UPS ground might work well, there are tons of tots in our town, don't think I'll have trouble selling it when we're done with it - the Epitike is pretty nice, and we have a pool slalom set up we use in winter, but with all the little boaters in this town, all will get used - thanks for good feedback
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