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Newbie Suggestions

Post By:f86sabjf on 6/8/2014 4:51am
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Hello Everyone
I'm looking for a yak for myself and have quite frankly gotten overwhelmed. I'm 6'3 240lbs live in central Florida. So far my pics seem to have narrowed down to the Wilderness systems tsunami 145 ,165 , zephyr 160 , Focus 155 . My primary uses will be day trips with a few overnighters and a few 2-3day camping trips a year. All of these yaks say they can hold about 350lbs . I figure that 110lbs of gear carrying plus my weight of 240 should be more than enough.
Any other suggestions for a yak you may have I'm open to. I'm looking for a fairly efficient yak to put some miles in as I gain my core strength.
My budget is around $1500 for the yak.

Thanks again
Jeff

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Post By: gwhawk on 6/10/2014 4:02am

You might not need to spend that much money to get what you are looking for.
First off, determine the features you will need (not the ones you WISH you needed).
Second, make sure you paddle your boat before you lay down your cash. All the specs in the world cannot tell you how the boat is going to FEEL to you.
Finally, I suggest you message me. I too am in Central Fl. I own 5 boats, from a pure fishing machine to a 10' fun boat. I am taller and larger than you. Of all the boats I have, my favorite for paddling/camping/general fun is an Old Town Loon 138 (no longer in production. I owned one years ago, and wished I had never sold it,..So...I looked at Craigs List for about 3 weeks until I found one. It has an oversize cockpit, but isn't a tandem. Weighs about 50# and carries 375-400#. A pure delight to paddle. Add a couple of rod holders if you like to fish.
I'd be happy to let you take mine for a spin. (I had to drive about 2 hours to get the one I bought, but I only paid $375 for it in excellent used condition.)
But I love to talk (and use) kayaks. So please, feel free to get in touch.

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Post By: gwhawk on 6/10/2014 4:03am

You might not need to spend that much money to get what you are looking for.
First off, determine the features you will need (not the ones you WISH you needed).
Second, make sure you paddle your boat before you lay down your cash. All the specs in the world cannot tell you how the boat is going to FEEL to you.
Finally, I suggest you message me. I too am in Central Fl. I own 5 boats, from a pure fishing machine to a 10' fun boat. I am taller and larger than you. Of all the boats I have, my favorite for paddling/camping/general fun is an Old Town Loon 138 (no longer in production. I owned one years ago, and wished I had never sold it,..So...I looked at Craigs List for about 3 weeks until I found one. It has an oversize cockpit, but isn't a tandem. Weighs about 50# and carries 375-400#. A pure delight to paddle. Add a couple of rod holders if you like to fish.
I'd be happy to let you take mine for a spin. (I had to drive about 2 hours to get the one I bought, but I only paid $375 for it in excellent used condition.)
But I love to talk (and use) kayaks. So please, feel free to get in touch.

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Post By: paddlesolo on 6/10/2014 6:34am

I suggest you try out a Pungo 140. They have a large cockpit, and are comfortable to sit in. Maximum load is listed at 350.

A word of warning, it is not good to load a kayak to the maximum listed. It would be better to stay at least 50 pounds under. I have watched large paddlers flip boats because they were close to the maximum weight and the boat wasn't as stable as it would have been with less weight.

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Post By: f86sabjf on 6/10/2014 7:39am

Thanks a lot I will be in touch and see if we can figure out a meeting point

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Post By: f86sabjf on 6/10/2014 7:47am

I guess I kind of want my dream boat so I have more research to do and paddling. I really think I want more of a touring style boat. I'm not a float down the Wekiva kind of person. I did that as a kid. I'm more into the exploration side of things . Possibly a future sea kayaker.
I think the pongo will be my wife's yak for sure. Maybe even mine for our outings together. Since I'm not sure if it's going to take with her I would rather get my boat and pick hers up later.

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Post By: f86sabjf on 6/10/2014 7:49am

As far as new boats go feel free to pm me who you like out there. I like the service I've gotten from Travel Country in Alt springs. The big box store stuff doesn't interest me .

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Post By: nate on 6/10/2014 7:51am

You might find that you really don't need 110 lbs of gear. I've found that I have as much fun and adventure with bare necessities. I separate my 'camping' trips from my paddling trips, but that's just me, Remember, every pound you add to the boat is one more pound you have to move with your paddle.
I was introduced to paddling with long distance racing in mind and that carries over to my recreational paddling. Food and water are fuel, not pleasure items, the rest is safety and survival items. A camera doesn't have to weigh so much.
But it's all up to you, whatever "floats your boat".
Most important, have fun!

Nate

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Post By: f86sabjf on 6/10/2014 9:01am

My idea of yak camping would be 1gal water for everyday if going saltwater. Then a hennassy hammock to sleep in. Some high calorie food probably freeze dried with some fresh fruits and nuts for snacks. A 1 person camp stove and my safety gear. I'm kinda going as minamalist as I can.

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Post By: f86sabjf on 6/10/2014 9:06am

I definitely understand the weight thing . We used to cycle a lot and went from mountain bikes to road bikes. I could do a metric century on the mountain bike but would have a lot more energy left if I did it with my road bike. That's kind of what I'm looking for here. If I can get a more effecient boat that should translate to more time on the water for me.

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Post By: nate on 6/10/2014 12:23pm

Looks like you've got the right ideas.
Welcome to the paddling community, have great adventures and tons of fun!

Nate

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Post By: f86sabjf on 6/15/2014 4:03pm

woo hoo we have a test paddle set up for next Saturday.for 3 of us. The wife , myself and my cousin.

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Post By: aprillmelvin on 7/8/2017 11:51am

I am looking for places to launch my board in central Florida and the south gulf side. Any suggestions?

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