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Old 08-19-2010   #1
 
the dalles, Oregon
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Need advice buying a kayak

I am interested in learning to kayak and need advice on gear. The rivers near me are the deschutes and white salmon, a few class 3's and 4's. I weigh about 235 and am 6'1 so i probly need something a little extra boyant. I am also looking to purchase something used, not pretty but lots of practical use left. Thanks for your help!

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Old 08-19-2010   #2
 
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Good season to buy a boat.
Go used of craigslist if you want to spend <$500. (There are great boats for $200 if you're willing to spend time and $ outfitting with foam!)
Go demo or "lightly used" if you want to spend <$700.
You're a big dude. Whatever you get, make sure you get the "large." Check specs and be in the middle/top of your weight range.

First questions:
How old are you?
What will be your focus, running rivers and staying upright as much as possible, or running rivers, but surfing and cartwheeling when you can?

Standard advice: Get a Jackson fun series. Check their website for weight range.
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Old 08-20-2010   #3
 
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Good morning fellow boater Im new to sport also and I tried several boats till I got the wave sport super easy, Im 6', 235 and it fits great and a nice boat , and room to grow or to lose weight which happens when you start to kayak, hope this helps and have fun upright
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Old 08-20-2010   #4
 
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2. I would like to be able to to surf and cartwheel, with practice of course.

Thanks for your help guys I will be scouring craigslist shortly!
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I think hot750four suggested a good boat.
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Old 08-20-2010   #6
 
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ok found something, what do you guys think?

WaveSport Z Kayak
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Old 08-20-2010   #7
 
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kayaknews.ca - real information for real paddlers

There are some details on the boat. Sounds like heavier paddlers love it, I say check it out.
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ok found something, what do you guys think?

WaveSport Z Kayak

Z was my first boat and I loved it. I would say it excels at river running and the basic play moves like surfing, enders, and squirts. I have seen people throw Z's around, but they are usually very high end playboaters, and I am not. I would think the only thing you might be disappointed in is it might be a little harder to learn to cartwheel, but the right hole or eddy line anything is possible. It is a bigger boat and I was a little heavier than you and never had any problems.

It is an older design and has a lower deck so your legs do sit a little flatter than they do in the modern boats, so I would definitely sit in it and make sure it jives with you.
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Old 08-23-2010   #9
 
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I will put a second vote in for the fun series. I love mine and find it stable, easy to roll, and plenty playable for my purposes.

I do however have a 6' 3" 210 lb friend who paddles the Super EZ and loves it. He has had it since it was brand new.

Sit in the boat and make sure you are comfortable and then if possible spend a few hours paddling around on flatwater. In that time you will find out a lot about how comfortable the boat will be for you.
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