Hello everyone, So I am new to world of kayaking. I’ve went out a few times, I enjoy it and think it would be fun, and good exercise, to bring my own with me on my camping trips. I’ve just started researching different types of kayaks and what would suit me, but I figure before I pull the trigger on anything I should ask those who are well-versed in the field rather than the so-called “experts” who get paid to review things. So without further ado…
I am looking for a sit on top kayak (NOT inflatable) that will be used primarily for fishing, but something that moves well too so that I can paddle around for some recreation when the fish just aren’t biting would be nice too. I don’t need a crazy fishing outfit, I’m not the type to bring 10 rods and 5lbs of bait, or go into the ocean; some small river/lake fishing is just fine for me.
As for size, I am 6’1 and 265lbs, a little bigger so I want something stable/wide with a high weight capacity. I’m thinking minimum of 450lbs. I would also prefer something that can be paddled solo or tandem. More than likely, I will be out alone more often than not, but my son (now 9months old) will be joining me in a few years and I don’t want to have to purchase another on just to accommodate him. I’m hoping a good one will last 8-10 years or so before I get him his own. And then another one for myself. I know that I can upgrade seats, but something that is comfortable to sit in for a long time is a must, so is leg room. I have bad knees and a near constant sore back.
The overall weight of the kayak isn’t a huge deal - obv the lower the better, easier to carry is nice, but I’m fairly strong, so maneuvering an 80lb yak i don’t foresee being a huge problem, again, lighter would be nicer, but I’m not going to pay an arm and a leg just to drop the weight down.
I’m sure there are more things that I need to consider, but I don’t know enough to even think of the questions yet. The kayaks that I’ve come across so far that I ASSUME would fit the bill are:
NuCanoe Frontier 12 - Looks comfortable, up-gradable seat, stable+wide enough to stand and fish, solo/tandem, the only real con I see to it is the price tag of $1600, not to mention the few things I would need, such as paddles, life vests, etc - it’s looking more like a $2000 investment which isn’t COMPLETELY out of the question, but I was really hoping to keep this thing under 1500 when all said and done.
Miracle X13 - more in my range, but I’m not a fan of the second “seat” idk how safe id feel with my son, while younger, sitting on that seat, but its more in my price range at $1000, maybe the seat can be modded?
I’m sure these aren’t the only 2 of their kind, I’ve seen some of the cheaper Lifetime and Ocean Kayaks out there, but the reviews that I’ve read say they’re extremely uncomfortable, both the seat and the amount of leg room / style of foot holds.
So please, any of the experience kayakers out there, as you have time, please try to inform me of what I should look for, and any Kayak recommendations that you have!