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Looking for kayak model suggestions- upgrade to touring with a toddler

Hi all,
I'm seeking to upgrade from my rec kayaks to a touring model. I'd prefer to get a single that I can also take my toddler in, but am open to a tandem. I also need gear space, as we camp alot on the river.

I live in Vegas, so will be doing mostly river and lake, but would like it to be ocean capable.

I'm considering a current designs libra xt, which is a tandem, but wow...22ft and 100lbs is a lot. Plus, I'm not so sure I want a tandem with the hubby.

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  • I've met a couple or 2 who did well in divorce boats, but most people prefer their own boats.
    I took our toddlers out in a Folbot Super which was a predecessor of tandem rec boats. Also in a canoe.
    You are about to discover why most of us have more than one boat,if you haven't already.

  • You are about to discover why most of us have more than one boat,if you haven't already.<

    I quickly discovering that a one size fits all model doesn't really exist. I absolutely still plan on getting a new solo boat, for those solo days.

    We do tend to go out as a family quite often and like to do some distance paddling, as well as carry gear.

  • @Telly032 said:

    You are about to discover why most of us have more than one boat,if you haven't already.<

    I quickly discovering that a one size fits all model doesn't really exist. I absolutely still plan on getting a new solo boat, for those solo days.

    We do tend to go out as a family quite often and like to do some distance paddling, as well as carry gear.

    You just described a canoe.

  • solo kayaks with keyhole cockpits are a safe way to paddle with a toddler. use a
    paddle with an adjustable loom in order to comfortably reach around and paddle. When going solo, just shorten the loom to your normal length.{my Granddaughter is no longer a toddler and is 5 years old in this picture, but the control is the same.}

  • The toddlers I have been closely associated with (10) have little tolerance for being that restricted for long.

  • Yep, canoe. Start with both adults for a couple of years. Later, given the kid, one adult moves to a solo and the kid takes over the bow seat.

  • edited January 29

    Another option would be a folding kayak with movable seats like the Pakboat Saranac, which can be used open like a canoe or with the detachable deck, also set up for solo or double. OK for river and lake. For coastal use their XT-16 convertible tandem would be more rugged, also can be set up for solo or tandem use or to carry a kid or two along. Their kayaks are also half the weight of hardshells of comparable length.

  • Thanks all for the advice. I decided to go with the Current Designs tandem for now. It holds a ton of gear, plus has a 3rd convertible port in the center for the kiddo. At 21.8ft, its a beast, but man it's sleek and looks like it can gain some speed. Plus, doesn't hurt that I got a great second hand deal on it....so now I can afford to buy a solo too!

  • Those are quick boats with 2 paddlers. And you don't have to worry about dueling paddles.

  • All 3 of my children had their early years in an old Loon 138 with me. The cockpit was big enough that they could sit in front of me on a block of foam. That boat was the closest I ever had to the perfect all-around boat. (Which, of course, doesn't exist.) I wouldn't exactly call that boat a tourer, but it was pretty efficient for what it was. I have no idea if they can still be found.

  • Your boat choice CD Libra is a very stable platform

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