I’m very new to paddle sports (3 years), please pardon the silly questions. I’ve had 3 kayaks, the current #1 is a Jackson Coosa HD. Love it, so it’s not going anywhere, just thinking of adding to the fleet. The questions below are really related to 'kayak speed". I’ve searched for reviews of touring vs. fishing kayaks, but that has been frustrating. I can’t find direct comparisons of the different categories of kayaks.
I want to make some overnight trips on our large Tennessee lakes (Kentucky, Barkley, Center Hill). I know it would be possible in the Coosa, but…
- Why are the touring and expedition kayaks all sit-in boats?
- Should I look for a longer boat?
- Is it ridiculous to think about using the SOT Kraken 15.5 for multi-day trips on inland lakes?
- Would a 15.5’ sit-on fishing kayak paddle as fast as a sit-in ?
That last question is based on paddling in a group - If I’m on a 15.5’ Kraken, how often would a 16-17’ sit-in touring kayak be waiting on me? (For reference, I’ll average around 3 mph on flat still water in the Coosa)
Thanks for the replies,