I’m a newbie that has fallen in love with kayaking over the summer. Right now, I’m using a friend’s recreational 30” wide beam Pelican kayak that is missing foot rests and a Walmart paddle.
I want to save and get a kayak that is in good shape, fits me physically, and will suit my kayaking style. I’m female, 55 years old, 5’5” tall and 135 pounds.
I see myself primarily kayaking in lakes, calm rivers, ocean bays and mangroves. IOW, sheltered areas, closer to shore.
I’m leaning toward kayaks like the Eddyline Skylark. Ideally, I’d love something narrower than the 30 inch loaner I’m using now since I’m smaller. I have no idea what other options are out there that might suit me. Nor do I have any idea about kayak building materials, durability or paddles suitable for beginners …with room to grow.
Would thermoform (spelling??) work well for me? I guess I should also find a lighter paddle that doesn’t break the bank and get a kayak around 25-28 inches wide? What sort of keel would help me track straighter in a 12’ kayak? Right now, I’m zig zagging impressively.
All advice is greatly appreciated.