My family and I are getting into kayaking and I’m trying to decide between a 10’ and 12’ recreational kayaks. I’ve done a ton of reading, but I can’t really seem to find a major difference between the two boats.
Some information on us:
- I’m not a big guy at 5’ 10" 145 lbs. but have a fairly athletic build. My mom and sister are 5’ 5" and 110 lbs. and also are in pretty good physical shape but don’t have a lot of upper body strength.
- We will be kayaking primarily on the Ohio river, some of the smaller tributaries that run into it, and a few lakes around the area. I don’t see us doing any white water or rapids any time soon (probably never for them). These will mostly be used just to paddle around and take pictures though I do plan to do some fishing out of mine.
- The boats will be transported on top of a Subaru Forester. Mine may be strapped to the top of my Fusion from time to time. We will probably get a couple J style carriers for this.
- We’re looking at the Pelican Pursuit 100 and 120 to get us started.
- We have found the 100 on craigslist for an incredible price and in excellent condition.
- All else being equal, what are the noticeable differences between a 10’ and a 12’ kayak?
- Both boats are about the same width. Does the extra 2 feet in length make any difference in stability (avoiding rolling over) on the river or lake?
My initial thought Is to get them the 10’ so it will be easier for them to handle and get the 12’ for myself to ease longer paddles for fishing. Stability for them is probably the most important thing. Neither of them is going to want to be on the water if keeping the kayak upright is an issue.
Thank you in advance for your help. I’m looking forward to getting on the water!