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anemone - 6/08/2008 9:52 PM
Category: General
Replies: 4

Hey guys, its not dive related, but I am interested in getting a kayak. Nothing fancy, nothing professional. No white water or high seas use. Sit upon vs sit in?What about the lack of a drain in the sit ins? Will I take on too much water? Pricing? What is too much? Thanks!
sk290 - 6/10/2008 6:55 AM
I have a Tarpon 140 Wilderness Systems. It’s a 14’ 65lbs sit on top and it’s self bailing. You can a brand new one for about $850 or a 12’ for about $700.

They are such a blast! Good luck!
Crush - 6/12/2008 10:35 AM
My brother used to build and design kayaks for Perception. To answer your question, it depends on what type of kayaking you want to do. A longer kayak is best for open water with large swells, a shorter one is for rapids and small streams, but will also work for open water. We always used sit-ins with splash skirts. Learning to "right" yourself is not hard, just takes a little practice. We used to kayak here after a good rain, the rapids were great. Where we entered the water, acces was hard to get, so we worked out a sluice or trough (red clay) and would slide downhill in the kayak directly into/or under the water! hehehe, was always fun. Good luck and enjoy it!
Erik - 6/21/2008 8:43 PM
My Dad has a kyack that’s about 15’ long and sits two inside and he uses it on lakes mostly, but you could take it anywhere I suppose. The skirt keeps most/all the water out, but also gets your lower body heated up as it traps in the heat, if you’re paddling for some time. Although if conditions are calm, you can paddle without the skirt.

I’ve been on the little short ones for white water, and it sure is fun. Depends on what conditions are around you and where you’re going to use it.
dkramer - 6/27/2008 9:23 PM
Ditto on what the others have said about it depending on what you want to use it for. I don’t know why you say it’s not dive related. I have a Cobra Fish/Dive yak which I dive from every week. It’s a very stable, sit on top boat, will carry up to 600lbs & has plenty of inside storage as well as a rear well for your tank. Give yak diving a try, it’s a blast!