So I have been look and asking questions and sitting in kayaks for the past few weeks. I have added and removed boats from my list and now I am down to 4 and need some help.
I consider myself a beginner - only been kayaking for a year and that was on a sit on top. I want to get into a sit inside so I can move faster and more efficiently and learn more technique. I think the 14 foot range is the best for me but I can see going up to 16. I am 5’11 and 225 - so my size limits my options to a degree. Plan on using the kayak locally in rivers and lakes and it will probably get a good amount of use on the bays of NJ (intercostal water way)
I have sat in the necky looksha 14 - I had to wiggle a bit to get in but once it it felt pretty comfy - really like that seat. But the cockpit is a bit narrow - could make re-entry a challenge - or could force me to lose some wight… I like it but reviews are a bit in the air - folks complain about the rudder…
I also sat in the Tsunami 145 and that was easy to get in with plenty of room inside. I can get this one at 20% off a a local shop but no rudder (guess I could add it later). I am just not sure if this boat is going to allow me to grow much - it seems like it a tank.
I have not sat in the Stratos but tried an Alchmy and I did not fit in that - there was not enough room for my legs top to bottom. was too tight but the statos I beleive would work as it has more deck height to it.
I also have not sat in the Zephyr but have read that it fits larger sized paddlers and I have seen folks in my weight and height range wrting good reviews on it.
So what do I do. I am really struggling with this decision. Any suggestions appreciated.