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 May 01, 2010 7:48 AM

I will soon be an owner of Reval Mini by Tahe Marine kayaks. It's designed as tour boat for little people like me or as a play boat to normal sized (I mean just bigger than me) people. Unfortunately I've not been able to test it on water yet, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be exactly what I want. Not least because it fits me very well! I'll now be saying goodbye to all the problems I had with my previous Mari kayak (also by Tahe Marine). Yay!

Here's a link to Reval Mini:

I was also thinking about getting Valley's Avocet LV (also a very good alternative to smaller sized paddlers) but it turned out to be a little bit too big, atleast compared to Reval Mini.

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 November 30, 2006 9:30 AM

I have a Zoar Sport and really like it. It is my first kayak and I got it used. It seems great for an all around kayak. I love having a rudder and was specifically looking for one in a kayak.

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anonymous  November 28, 2006 6:31 PM

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My kayak (a summer gift to me from me) September 23, 2006 5:57 PM

Greetings! I enjoy reading about the different boats that folks have so thank you everyone for your contributions. In June I bought a Current Designs Kestrel 140. When I began shopping for a boat, I was nearly overwhelmed with the variety of materials, sizes and designs out there. I narrowed my choice and demoed three boats and liked the Kestrel the best. I decided to purchase the thermo composite system (TCS) boat. It was more expensive, however, I thought it was worth it because it was lighter than the rotomold polyethylene. I knew that I needed to make loading, unloading and transporting the boat as easy on myself as possible otherwise, I wouldn't be eager to use the kayak. The boat weighs 46# with a rudder. The dealer, Summer's Backcountry Outdoors in Keene, NH, provided superb advice and service. I bought a Yakima rack system that has an extension bar from the side to rest the boat's bow on while I lift the stern into the cradle on the rack. It makes loading easy. The Kestrel is very stabile and an enjoyable ride. I take it on local slow rivers, ponds and lakes. I want to bring it down to Long Island Sound one of these days. Thanks for reading this. Paul  [ send green star]
 September 23, 2006 12:28 PM

I own a perception wilderness pongo120 kayak, she's 12 foot in length and very stable, moves well in the water and very comfortable with the adjustable seat for the lower lumbar region of my back. It's my first kayak and I like it !

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anonymous Hi Jennifer September 22, 2006 7:01 AM

Your boat is a foot longer and an inch narrower than my Necky Kyook P.   I've always wanted to know the difference in paddling between 2 kayaks like ours.  I'm guessing yours is faster and a little more "tippy"    ???  [report anonymous abuse]
 September 22, 2006 6:53 AM

I own a "Squall" sea kayak made by Current Design. She measures 16' 6". If you are intersted you can check out her specs  [ send green star]
Pimping out my kayaks August 19, 2006 1:25 PM

I am finishing up a little customizing on my kayaks. I put a reflective- tape sharks mouth on my Liquidlogic tuxedo and am 'pinstripping' the edges of both kayaks in reflective tape. I read that book PT-109 when I was a kid and I do not want to get ran over by a bigger boat when I am out on the water at night. When I get the last of the 'mistakes' hidden, I will try to get a picture of them posted here.  [ send green star]
Thanks Norm June 29, 2006 9:08 AM

for all the tips!

I did figure that maybe the kayak is not even supposed to go well empty, after all it's designed for touring and camping... I'm doing just fine with it at the moment, me living in another city than the boat, I don't even get the chance to go out on the sea very often. Still, something's not perfectly fit between me and the boat, so I'll keep looking for others too

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anonymous Eva June 16, 2006 1:49 PM

If you are a light weight,  dont hesitate to put some extra pounds/kilos in with you.  My boat doesent do well empty, so I just add some extra bottles of water, or what ever works.  Most kayaks are designed to have some weight in them.  I always take my tent and overnight supplies, unless I'm going for a very short trip.  I know it sounds silly, but I've been caught in bad weather on some occasions, and just spent the night on the shore watching the storm go by, the other reason is, sometimes I'm having such a good day, I want to stay overnight, and I've got enough to get by with.

just the way I do things. but get lots and lots of opinions on things and you'll do just fine.

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anonymous Eva and Jenn June 16, 2006 1:42 PM

The books I mentioned are excellent for starting out, I relied on them for much info, like proper stroke, and all that stuff.

The Essential Sea Kayaker   by David Seidman. 

isbn #  0-07-158009-3

Kayak Touring  edited by Dave Harrison

isbn # 0-8117-2721-1

This is the best for learning fit, stroke, and all the stuff you want to know, and then form your own style from there.

Hope this helps.  If you cant find the books, let me know. I can find out where to get them, or send you them.........whatever.

Jenn...... thanks for the testimonial.... I'm still trying to figure out how to attach pictures, and still setting up this new computer too.

so  a bunch of stars for you 

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anonymous  June 16, 2006 12:50 PM

Great guess on cm/inch ratio, Eeva!  25 inches is 63 1/2 cm.  [report anonymous abuse]
anonymous  June 16, 2006 12:48 PM

Norm, yes the ISBN is very helpful in identifying books.  You can go to a site like Amazon and search with the number and since it only belongs to the one book, it will be pulled up (if it is there). 

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anonymous Eva June 16, 2006 10:27 AM

Heres my take on fit.

I like to be able to roll my kayak from side to side just with hip movement, keeping upper body straight up.  Thats what the experts told me to look for.  Now, you can do that by putting foam padding on the sides so you fit very snug in the seat.....but never so tight you will not be able to get out if you must.... so a nice balance is what you need.  If you are very thin and light, you will want to add something like closed cell foam on the sides to take up the extra space and have a snugg fit, but not tight.  To have a kayak so narrow it will fit you without padding, it would be too narrow to have much stability, and you dont want that either.

I have some books,  One is called The Essential Sea Kayaker.  There is a chapter called "Meet your kayak" and explains making it fit.

Another is called Kayak Touring put out by the people who publish Canoe and Kayak magazine.

These books are good, and have usefull information to get started.

I'm not sure how to identify books,,,,,, is the "ISBN" number ??

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 June 16, 2006 9:52 AM

And thank you Jenn, the boat looks good. I can't say anything precise about the widht right now, at least 60cm/23 inches(? I'm not familiar with the inch-system, and that is a wild guess even in cm's).  [ send green star]
Norm June 16, 2006 9:47 AM

Thanks for the tips you gave! It's actually my thumbs that get the most hitting, but I'll have to try that sitting higher -thing.

I'm a really thin person and the width isn't the only problem. I'm also really light and I don't know if there are any kayaks designed to fit different sized people? If I go paddling with empty kayak, I'll have to take an extra 10kg with me to make it easier and my dad says the size problem is visible too.. These are not really big problems at the moment, but I know I'm going to be a proud kayak owner one day and all tips are welcome!

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anonymous Eva and Jenn June 15, 2006 5:53 PM

I'd say the Zoar could be just as wide as what you are using now.  I'm not sure of the size of what you have.  If you're hitting your arms on the sides, try sitting a little higher, like fold up a towel, or maybe an inch of foam to raise your body a little. 

If you could find out the measurements of the kayak you have now, I would be happy to offer some humble, non-expert suggestions.

Jenn's suggestion of renting a model you are interested in is a must.  Take it for a couple of days and paddle your (ass, can I say that here ??)  off and you'll know if it fits.

Are you looking for something for longer trips, or just fun day trips ??

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anonymous  June 15, 2006 12:38 PM

Price is approx $1100 on the Zoar Sport--new.  I would keep an eye out for a used one.  If you can take it out before buying it, that is the thing to do with thes used kayaks (like Norm, if your shop offers classes, you can take them in the Diesel and you'll know if you like it or not.)   [report anonymous abuse]
anonymous  June 15, 2006 12:35 PM

Eeva, what do you think of the Zoar Sport?  It is smaller I would think. 

Norm, is that a good suggestion?  You know the touring boats better than I do. 

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Hei June 15, 2006 10:53 AM

I've been using a Mari my whole life (well, almost..). They're built for sea kayaking and touring and are fairly good, I think. I haven't had too much comparison... I'd like to have a smaller kayak tho, since these Mari's my dad has are just a one size too wide for me, keep hitting my hands to the sides...

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 June 14, 2006 2:59 PM

I have a Dagger Delta.  It's a nice rec class kayak.  I'm considering a smaller play boat, too.

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Wish I had more June 14, 2006 2:51 PM

I bought a Liquidlogic Tuxedo last fall and a Dagger Magellan this spring. I really like both but haven't had any other kayaks to compare them to.  [ send green star]
anonymous HI Jenn. long time no chat. June 11, 2006 9:53 PM

I've got a Necky Kyook P. and a Necky skye.

the kyook is a good boat, can take a load, and for a plastic, not fancy boat, its good for long or short trips.   The skye is for the day trip or for the kids to have fun with.

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anonymous What kayak do you have? June 11, 2006 8:31 PM

Add the kayak you have to the list.  I haven't bought one yet, but will probably purchase a playboat.  [report anonymous abuse]
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