Hello, first time in a kayak was an inflatable one that was a gift from my company. I’d never been in one before, but I see the potential for having a great time in one - albeit a real one.
I was afraid that this would put a bad taste in my mouth about the experience of kayaking, but quite the contrary, I’d like to get one that my wife and I can share so that we can get some true enjoyment out of a genuine kayak.
We have a 27’ open bow boat on a big lake in TN and we’d like to have another entertaining implement rather than tubes, wake board, knee boards, etc. and we think a nice kayak would be a wonderful addition.
The kayak would mostly be used for sight seeing and getting deeper into coves that have shallow water that we wouldn’t take the 27 foot boat. I’d also like it to be a longer one so that I can cover an area in a decent amount of time. Getting out into open lake water and paddling sounds like a blast, although I didn’t try that with the inflatable one. Since I’ve been looking, I keep leaning toward the sit-in models and the ones that range in length from 12-16 feet.
The only deal breaker on getting a kayak is figuring out how to transport it from our slip to the destination with our 27’ open bow boat. Do they tack well if it’s pulled behind? Do you have any suggestions on how to transport it with our day boat?
So, the two questions we have are"
- What type/style/make of kayak will fit our needs - budget of $1k to $1.5k
- how to get it from the boat dock to where we tie up for the day? That distance ranges anywhere from 1-5 miles on the water.
I’m 5’8" - 170# and physically fit, my wife is fit too at 5’4".