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