After being sidelined from hiking and backpacking by knee injuries over the past couple years, my wife have been doing more and more paddling. We love it, and the rental & guided trip fees are adding up fast, so it feels like time to invest in our first boat.
We’ve done extensive research but are still a bit hesitant on what to look for in our first kayak. We’d love some advice from this community, based on our particular desires & restrictions.
Here’s our ideal use scenario:
- Must be storable in a small 1-bedroom apartment and transportable in our Prius (so, probably folding or inflatable)
- We want a tandem
- Paddling mostly in Northern California: flat water lakes/rivers/tidal inlets, plus ideally open waters in relatively calm conditions (e.g. paddling under the GG Bridge, Monterey Peninsula, etc with rolling swells but not breaking waves).
- Ability to store gear for an overnight camping trip (could just mean dry bags lashed to the deck)
- Comfortable in typical Northern CA coastal weather (cold water, cool temps, windy). Not sure if this requires a sit-inside.
We imagine getting a traditional plastic or fiberglass boat when we buy a home and have more storage space, but would rather not wait indefinitely for that day to come.
Is there a boat that will do all this? Will we have to pay an arm and a leg for it? We may have to compromise on some of this desires, but wanted to put it all out there to start. Thanks for the help!