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Hello, gonna start kayaking

Postby Alakey » 08 Nov 2017, 10:29

Hello everyone, my name is Alex. Recently a childhood friend invited me to celebrate his birthday on the river bank, we went with tents for a few days. He also had a kayak in the trailer for 2 seats and I suddenly liked very much to boat on it. so I want to buy myself one too and start practicing regularly.
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Re: Hello, gonna start kayaking

Postby Paul B » 08 Nov 2017, 10:47

Hi Alex. And welcome to the forum :welcome We aren’t really a forum for kayaking, but do have quite a few members who have them, myself I have 2 sit on type plastic kayaks. , I don’t particilaly like the inflatable ones due to steering issues etc, but others do like them
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Re: Hello, gonna start kayaking

Postby PaulR » 08 Nov 2017, 10:53

Welcome to the forum Alex, I have only just joined myself. You will find the people on here very friendly and helpful. Have fun.
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Re: Hello, gonna start kayaking

Postby Si Crowe » 08 Nov 2017, 11:30

Ello and welcome.

Kayaks are not huge on the forum but in my limited experience of them (both hard and inflatable) and id personally go with a hard sit on type. mainly for ease of use, stability. the inflatable one are getting better but are harder to steer straight.

it's more a question of budget. a cheapo blow up can be had for next to nowt but... will be made out of cheap thin pvc that can rupture easily. a good blow up (£250+) is a good bet but for similar money you are now in "hard" kayak land which will last and age, take some abuse but is harder to store and transport without a roof rack....plus when you upgrade will retain a bit more value.

to start, id go with a 2nd hand hard sit on and go from there...
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Re: Hello, gonna start kayaking

Postby Martin » 08 Nov 2017, 11:36

Hi Alex, Welcome to f-ribs & sibs..
As PaulB mentioned, we aren’t particularly a kayak forum.. however, you’ve picked a great place to join due to the amount of kayak owners / ex owners on here!!
Information overload is available and we welcome you regardless of what craft you own.
We have paddle board to sail boat and large power boat owners on here.

Enjoy the forum and make yourself at home

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Re: Hello, gonna start kayaking

Postby Steve » 08 Nov 2017, 12:28

Hi Alex and :welcome

There's some great info on here for all sorts of craft - hope you get the info you need.

I'm a big fan of our Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks - we have two and they are 4 years old. They are very sturdy, very stable, very comfy, fairly quick, and very well made. They have an integral skeg, so track true, and now there are lots of different versions to choose from. They are definitely not a budget option though...

I'm actually keeping an eye out for a sit-on plastic kayak for myself, with a view to putting it on the roof rack, taking it fishing locally. I don't really need one, as I could do this with the AE kayak. But as that's a covered kayak, I thought that an open one would be more useful for fishing. Also a plastic one would allow fishing rod holders to be mounted, etc.

The reason we went for inflatables were due to the main negatives of a hard shell, namely: transportation (especially when you want to put bikes on the roof rack) and storage. At the time I had no interest in fishing, so it was purely for fun / exploring / exercise.

I guess your purchase will depend on what you want to achieve with it; but I totally rate our inflatables. Second hand would be worth a look - there were some ex-hire sit-ons for sale from The Lake District on Gumtree...

The vet nearby has a Hobie kayak which has outriggers, a sail and duck's feet flippers. It's amazing and really fast. Look those up if you want a shock at their cost!

Good luck!

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Re: Hello, gonna start kayaking

Postby Alakey » 08 Nov 2017, 12:51

So many answers, so fast! :thumbsup Hi all again, and TY for your replies! Budget is gonna be about 200£, but it is only for kayak, also have about 200 for all kind of equipment I may need. I`ve got a car with capacious trunk, as well as an external trunk.
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Re: Hello, gonna start kayaking

Postby Paul » 08 Nov 2017, 23:01

Hi Alex and :welcome to the forum
You'll not be short of some answers to your questions I'm sure as we've plenty of kayakers on here including some that run their own blogs/forums about them :idea:
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