I’d love to hear from experienced kayakers what buying advice they would give to an advanced beginner kayaker.
- mostly, i want an all-round good performer for both oceans and bays – it doesn’t have to be the best at everything (obviously a good touring kayak will be a lousy surf kayak) but at the same time i want one that’s decent in a wide variety of conditions. (I’ll mostly be paddling around for 3 hours at a time along southern cal’s coasts and bays)
- want something that feels like it slices easily through the water and something that is very maneuverable and turns easily and accelerates easily (i tried various sit-on-tops – felt like I was steering a barge.)
- should fit someone 5’ 1" 100 lbs. (but will also be used by someone around 5’ 7", 160lbs)
- don’t want a novice kayak that i’ll quickly tire of. i am comfortable in the water and am not concerned about a boat feeling tippy
- want plastic, not fiberglass owing to my pricerange (about $1000 or less)
- one store touted the WS Tsunami 135 as a very good all-round performer. But another store said it is a bad boat for southern california – it’s too long to be super maneauverable and too short to be a good touring kayak. (I had thought the length seemed like a good compromise, and liked that it’s fairly narrow, but am scared off by the harsh opinion i got from one storeowner.)