I’m usually very demonstrative in my decision making, but now having to backpaddle a bit
Wife and I have talked about getting kayaks for a while, but not seriously, Had a friend take me on an overnight camping / kayak trip and got hooked. Was in a 10’ poly boat that wandered all over the place but also got to paddle his Necky Pinta 18’ around in an ocean lagoon. Pretty fun stuff.
Of course, a couple of days later we see some kayaks on CL and jump at them. Took a different kayak friend with me for guidance - for what that’s worth. Now realizing that we’ve gone too fast, possibly made 1 mistake, and trying to correct things / make better decisions.
I’m 5’9", 190lbs. Wife is 5’2 130lbs. We have twin 6 year old girls that we will eventually get involved (thought haven’t researched how that works yet). 95% of what we plan on doing is our local flatwater lakes and the occasional large river (we live near the SAC in N.CA.). Not going near that river until we’ve got some experience and confidence built up.
we ended up getting:
14’ Necky Zoar Sport Angler. about 9 years old. Thing had seen the water like 2x. Paid $400. I like to fly-fish so thought this would be a good match.
14’ Necky Looksha It’s a glass/kevlar boat. Well-used and like 15-17 years old. Only 1 bulkhead… This was the possible mistake as I took the advice of my friend to go with it and now not sure (too old; 1 bulkhead). $400.
So, stepping back…I imagine these will be fine for the flatwaters we’ll be going on…upon gathering the rest of of gear, we plan on taking them out, practicing some capsizing, etc.
That being said, was the old looksha a bad idea and should just get rid of it, straight away? Or see if the Mrs. likes it and paddle on?
We’ve secured all but the J-racks for the car…should we pony up for the bowdown’s or rollers or just get cheap J-racks?
Paddles will probably be the Carlisle expedition extolled here, but would like to spend less, of course, since we’re new. Any suggestions welcome. However, I understand it’s one of the most important parts of the equation…
Our kids can’t paddle anything yet…do folks just get something inflatable and tow them around in calm water? Possibly an additional tandem boat or 2?
we have PFD’s for the kids and a bilge pump + some drysacks. Need paddles, PFD’s for us that are paddle-specific and will read the forum for other must-haves. The goal is to get out on the water ASAP and start practicing.
Thanks for your time!
matt (& lisa)