Purchased this new from Dick’s Sporting Goods for $530 (got really lucky!)
Added an Aqua Bound hybrid paddle from Ebay
I am new to kayaking. Recently took my first long kayak excursions on the Nissiquoque River on Long Island NY that empty out into the Long Island sound. Its approximately 5 miles long in each direction. I been warned to be careful watching the low tides to be stranded in muddy bottom. I did some short trips first and its mostly if not all calm water for the whole ride on this river. I did two full round trips in about ~3.5 (11.6 miles in total) hours averaging 3.5-4mph according to my iphone riding with the water currents. Going against the currents in both directions, i was averaging ~2.8mph. Checked the weather always before going out knowing the wind speed (keeping it under 10mph) and tide levels.
I always have a thick life jacket on. I can’t swim. Have a bilge pump and thinking of getting a marine radio. Been going through various message forum posts etc about rec boat vs sea kayak etc. Is this kayak safe to be used in the Long Island Sound? It does have two bulkhead. And is this sport ok for someone that can’t swim but would love to venture out onto the open water around Long Island. I don’t want to be limited to riding around only on small lakes or on short trips. Interested in joining up with other folks for longer excursions. I have done multiple short 1 hour trips at the busy Port Jefferson harbor.