Originally Posted by T1112
Howdy all. I know nothing about kayaks. I am a raft/drift boat guy. My wife however wants a kayak or anything that can be used for casual trips to still water. She has no interest at all in white water, only local ponds/still water for an evening paddle. We have a raft we use on whitewater. What should I be looking for? I am thinking it needs to be light enough to easily carry or drag from a parking lot to a pond but I rather avoid inflatable since I am thinking a hard boat would be less maintenance but then again I know nothing about them.
What should I look into? What should I expect to pay for something used? I am thinking she will use this boat a few times a summer and as long as it floats it will do, not looking for anything fancy. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
It sounds like a hard shell sit on top 'Recreational' kayak would be what you are describing as the best fit for your wife. rigid,rotomolded, not too heavy,durable, sit on top... easy in, no rolling, carry some goodies in a drybag no problem for a picnic, etc... they will track well and are actually pretty fast.
(we used a tandem sit on top kayak to paddle the Napali Coast in Kuaia, with an outfitter, 17 ocean miles in one day with @ 2-4' swell. so awesome, but rowdy too...flipped once in the swell coming back out of a seacave. but you just flip it back over, climb in and keep going. )
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there are many versions, JK are def.top of the line, i suppose. but sit on tops are available at costco or sam's club, or maybe REI. or CL/ denver prolly has lots.
Demo before you buy, to see if she like them....
other option is a enclosed sea kayak that you would use on a lake. if she wanted to learn how to roll etc, then the better option would be a Remix XP9 as mentioned above....
Inflatables are optimal for easy an intro to rivers but prolly not as good for lakes cause theyre heavier, slowish and dont track like a rigid boat. still totally feasible tho...
hope that helps!