Hi. I’m new to the forum. I did check the archive, but I stink at checking archives so I apologize if I’m asking a question that’s been covered a zillion times.
I’ve been kayaking about five years. I’ve got some recreation boats that I find myself taking into water where they don’t belong and really liking it. Mostly these are fishing trips. The fishing trips have turned into paddling trips with a little fishing tossed in. I want a more appropriate boat.
I’m thinking an all-around WW boat or a long creek boat. I’m 6’3", 220#, size 13 feet with fair to middling paddling skills and fair to middling water reading skills that I’m working on improving.
Looking for suggestions on boats that are suitable for (1) a WW beginner, (2) a big man, (3) someone who wants to take a rod along for flat sections but not a primary fishing boat (meaning reasonable initial stability but not like a rec boat), and (4) has enough material on the bottom not to wear out taking the boat through skinny water.
My short list:
Wave Sport Fusion & Descent
Riot Magnum 72 Expedition (really looking sweet)
Pyranha G3 275 Ignition
Dagger’s got some boats, but their prices are about the same as the boats from real WW experts. I like Dagger boats, but just have an unreasonable & unjustified preference towards a WW specialist manufacturer.
I haven’t sat in or paddled any yet. I’ve checked the reviews section and liked what I saw for each of them that are rated there. I am not opposed to used, but just don’t know how to research older models.
Eliminated from consideration:
Dagger RPM Max (too slicy, not enough aft volume)
Prijon Athlete (same)
Anything with a molded in keel or skeg
Suggestions of why any of those may not be appropriate, and suggestions of what else may be appropriate are welcome.
Thanks in advance for your help.
- Big D