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Inflatable Kayaks

Post By:march6292 on 12/21/2010 10:39amicon
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Hi, I am looking to buy a new inflatable kayak. I will use primarily for lakes, slow rivers or on a calm sea. I've narrowed it down to 3 choices: Walker Bay Aris Velocity 12, Innova Sunny & Sea Eagle Fast Track 385.

Because they are all 12' in length, hopefully they will track better. Price range is the same for all 3.

I recently sold my Emotion Temptation (10'3") Space & weight is a problem - this is why I am looking to buy an inflatable.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Post By: admin on 12/21/2010 12:36pm

Hello! Glad you found us at Green Wave Forum. I can't speak for Walker Bay or Sea Eagle but I've owned two Innova kayaks. The Helios (2 person) and Solar (1 person). I enjoyed both boats and both were made very with durable materials. Never felt like either was going to sink on me.

You do have to inflate them fairly rigid to get any kind of speed and tracking.

Speaking of speed, going "all out" in my Solar was maybe 2.5 MPH - the same effort in plastic boat of same length would get you at least 1 MPH more so don't expect to keep up with people in hard shell kayaks.

Loved the fact they would pack down and fit in the closet when not being used.

You can see a short video of my Innova Solar in the Videos section of this website under "Ghost Kayak".

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Post By: march6292 on 12/21/2010 3:19pm

Thanks for the info.

Can I paddle solo on the Helios 2? Should track better then the Helios 1 because of the 2 additional feet.

Also, how does the Sunny compare with the Helios 2.

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Post By: admin on 12/21/2010 6:07pm

The Helios 2 really stinks paddled solo unless you add 60 or 80 lbs of camping gear or other weight to the front seat.

There is no way (at least on my boat) to paddle from a middle position and you had to paddle from the back seat, causing the front of the boat to ride very high on the water.

Not sure about the Sunny - never tried that one but from the photos on Innova's website it looks like you can move one of the seats to the center position which would make it possible to paddle solo.

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Post By: march6292 on 12/22/2010 4:21pm

Hi,

With the Innova kayaks, I was leaning towards the Sunny only because of its 12' length & tracking.

How does the Helios 1 & Safari compare to the Sunny in speed & tracking. Also, what are the differences between Helios1 & Safari.

If it is close, then I think I would prefer the Helios 1 or Safari.

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Post By: admin on 12/22/2010 10:03pm

I guess it just depends if you want a one or two person boat. The Sunny is a tandem but looks like it can still be paddled sanely with only one person on board.

Between the Helios and Safari I'd probably pick the Safari. It's just a bit shorter than the Helios but can handle pretty much any water you throw at it - from slow rivers to ocean surf to lakes and class 3 whitewater. I wanted to get the Safari when I purchased my Solar but the extra $ was too big of a hurdle, especially considering I got the Solar at a good discount.

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Post By: hikeswithcanoe on 12/23/2010 8:03am

If you want something that might be a bit faster, here is a nice design for a folding canoe.

I think its build it yourself only so you'd have to be a bit handy.

http://yostwerks.com/MainMenu.html

He also has plans for inflatables as well.

Also, there might be a company out there on the net makes foldable/collapsable kayaks/canoes.

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Post By: hikeswithcanoe on 12/23/2010 8:31am

Here is where to go if you think collapsable/folding kayaks might interest you.

http://foldingkayaks.org/

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Post By: march6292 on 12/23/2010 4:10pm

Buiding it yourself doesn't exist with me. Aside from being clumsy, Ihave little patience.

I'll check out the folding kayaks.

Thanks for the info.

Happy holidays.

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