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Kayak help needed

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by I Should Coco, May 8, 2012.

  1. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    SO ... like many guys who have been married for a while, I really only shop a handful of times each year: Christmas, Mother's Day, Mrs. Coco's birthday, etc.

    There's someone who would really like a kayak for Mother's Day, and I am clueless about buying one for a beginner. Obviously I don't want to break the bank, and am hoping there's something in the $100-200 range. Of course, our local "outdoor adventure" stores have many new models available, made out of fancy materials, for prices much greater than that.

    I'm looking for a single-person vessel that would be used primarily on calm inland lakes here in the Northwest, and perhaps occasionally on some relatively tame rivers. She/we have kayaked and canoed a few times with rented or borrowed equipment, but as summer approaches, Mrs. Coco would like to kayak regularly for exercise and enjoyment.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I'll read this with great interest.

    We live in the foothills of the Sierras, and there's a lake just above us. Since we moved in a few years agao, I've often thought about getting some simple kayaks.

    But, man those suckers are expensive, and I am very cheap.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    This site has some good information:

  4. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member



    LL Bean





    Sierra Trading Post
  5. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member


    They are made of plastic which does not wear out.

    And lessons. Has she ever rolled a kayak?
  6. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    if you're just talking about calm waters or minor rapids, try one of these

  7. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    A couple of those look pretty good ... thanks for the link. I'll probably head out to the store tomorrow, take notes on the models/features I like, then look for a better price online.

    And 93Devil, she has not "rolled" a kayak. There is a kayak/paddling club in our area that has weekly outings, though ... probably would be a good place to start with "lessons."
  8. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Ooooh.... I'm on a river!

    Sorry, I've seen that Aziz Ansari ad way too much.
  9. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    For nine summers I ran a waterfront at a summer camp lake, and I had probably about 25 different kayak instructors work for me. The first thing they did with each new group was get the person in the kayak, flip the kayak so the person is upside down while still in the kayak and have them signal for help. The reason is some people freak the hell out when upside down in water and they cannot help themselves. You really don't know this or not until you flip them. Also, you need to know how to get out of your kayak if you are upside down.

    If the kayak you are getting her can roll or has a skirt, knowing how to do this can save her life because once you flip, it is very, very difficult to flip yourself upright. If she cannot get herself out, she drowns.
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