(sorry for the double post, I clicked way before I should have)
Hi! Thanks for any advice you can offer. I’ve been reading the posts and boat reviews here, and I’ve not been able to decide on what I should do. First about me, I live on a small lake within easy walking distance from the boat launch. I have an Emotion Glide kayak that I picked up cheap to see if kayaking on the lake is something I would enjoy. Not only do I enjoy it, I want to add it to my daily exercise routine. I’m 6’1" and 200 lbs and in ok physical condition. The lake is sheltered and I don’t have any plans to do anything other than day tripping, flat water paddling. I am also limited in storage, so the maximum length the kayak can be is 14 feet plus or minus a few inches.
I’ve been paddling the Emotion Glide enough to know what I want to do with Kayak number two.
- I want good tracking, the Glide makes a hard left turn as soon as I stop paddling.
- Faster is better. My lake is 1 mile across so there’s no place to go but in circles, but I want to circle fast.
- I want a boat that I can grow into, not out of. But I’m a beginner and I don’t want a yak that is so tippy it’s dangerous for me.
- Cost is a consideration, but not the only one. Cheaper is better, but I also believe in buy once cry once.
- Corona virus - The stores are closed so trying on for size isn’t possible. (and I’m not going in even if they were open)
- I live in a desert, so while there is some kayaking it’s not a big thing locally. The only place selling “better” kayaks is REI and whatever shows up on craigslist.
Right now REI has a sale going and the Pelican Premium Sprint 140DT Kayak looks like a promising option at $890 or there’s a almost new Perception Carolina 14 Kayak for $850 on craigslist.
Here’s a link of yaks I’ve been looking at. Given my wants which one would you choose and why. https://www.rei.com/c/touring-kayaks?ir=category%3Atouring-kayaks&r=category%3Apaddling|kayaks|touring-kayaks%3Blength-ft%3A14%20to%2017&sort=min-price