Dearest members of the message boards,
I seek out wisdom and opinions based on my needs on the water as to which kayak to buy. I’m in two minds about buying an inflatable touring kayak, or to stick with a small playboat and I’m looking to see which one you think I should buy next.
- Storage and transport is an issue. I have a small flat and access due to a bad layout means anything too long I simply couldn’t get it in there (no shed or outside storage).
*I ultimately want to throw it into the back of my Opel/Vauxhall Meriva 2004 car and not on the roof.
*it’ll be for day trips of about 15ish miles under fairly calm conditions (river Thames in England)
*Im to an intermediate level of kayaking -a fair few years under my belt, but I do want something that tracks fairly well.
I realise that inflatables aren’t going to track amazingly, and of course a short boat that I’ll be able to fit in the car won’t either! But I’m looking for the best I can get under the circumstances.
I’ve seen the likes of the “Sevylor Pointer K1 Inflatable” which looks like one of the better options for a pump action boat, but I’m not sure how it would compare to a 9ft hard shell rec device. I’m used to play boats with decent seats and ridgity and spray decks, and don’t know how it would match up, but then unsure if a short 9ft play boat would be too hard on a 15 mile tour all the time either
Your opinions would be great and I look forward to hearing them!
I’m 5’5 and around 165lbs
boat recommendations welcome