looking to buy a flatwater boat for a 12 year old
5 foot 3, husky
very strong, excellent coordination and very athletic
will paddle a 4 mile circuit with parents
sand beaches and no rockgardens
looking for something that will challenge him a bit now but last him for a few years
cost is definitely a consideration but not the prime driver.
any suggestions please
My Twelve Year Old
paddles a Perception Swifty 9.5 with no problem at all. He has paddled this kayak since he was nine. He has paddled my Old Town Dirigo 120 but he prefers the Swifty.
looks like a proper scaled down sea kayak
Check out the Dagger Catalyst 12.8
Will fit him now probably, and leaves room to grow, both in size and skill.
He would already be at the top end of a TsunamiSP. I’ve seen this kayak, and doubt that he’d fit. This would be a great lil’ rock gardening sea kayak for a small person (less than 28" inseam and no more than 120#).
The other Tsunamis might be just the ticket though. More room, but not barges, and most importantly they all have thigh braces. They not only help a person stay in the seat and add boat control, they also help the paddler transfer more of their muscle power into forward momentum.