i have the opportunity to get a deal on either a perception jocassee 16ft tandem or a 13ft perception keowee 2 tandem. ill be using this alot as a solo for fitness on flat water lakes and rivers and also as tandem with my wife for fitness/cruising. id also like to use this kayak for adventure racing so speed and efficiency are a must have. the jocassee comes with paddles and PFDs and is $100 more and the keowee comes with only paddles. your suggestions???
I don’t now anything about the Jocassee
but that Keowee II will be like racing a barge.
It is a fun rec tandem, but I would never want to race it.
I am just guessing here, but is the Jocassee just a later or earlier model of the Keowee II ?
Had one - husband wouldnt use it - a heavy wide tandem. Great for relaxing and floating but not the most efficient for paddling - especially not “racing”!
You are looking in all the wrong directions if you want to adventure race. You’d need more features, more boat - more info on yourself and thinking about going used would be a better start.
Not to mention
that either one would not be much fun to paddle solo. Any wind at all will make it difficult to hold your course.
Had a friend with a bad arm, had some use out of it but not much, who really wanted to go kayaking. Borrowed a friend’s Keowee II, it is a barge. It’ll give you a workout so it would be great for exercising!
what other yaks would be better?
given my uses, which would be a better choice for me? which kayak or kayaks would you recommend? im also trying to keep it under $1000 so i’ve been looking at used.
If the racing part is a significant part of your likely use, the best boat may be affected by where you’ll be racing. Lakes, oceans, rivers with class 1/2? I’d suggest that you indicate where you are, where you’d be paddling and see what others on this board who have a lot more knowledge about racing yaks than I do can weigh in on the best boat and where such may be found used.
Jocassee was a brute of a pig boat
I’m talking a tank. Sold 2 and both folks wanted to bring 'em back. It was essentially a crappy canoe with low seats! A barge I’m telling ya! Forget about that one.
Jocassee is a barge
I had one when my kids were small so I more or less paddled it solo. It was a real beast in any kind of breeze and gave me a workout even on a calm day. You couldn’t pay me to take one now…