I now own a 10’ kayak I got from Dick’s for $150. I use it several days a week to paddle for an hour in the nearby Erie Canal, just for exercise. It’s only virtue is that it weighs 38 pounds; it paddles rather poorly.
I also have a 14’ kayak (Necky Zoar Sport). I know it is not a great kayak, but it works fine for me a couple times a month when I go someplace more interesting than the canal for a few hours. It weighs 60 pounds and is a chore to load on my car, and miserable to carry very far.
I am looking for something to replace both of them, with something under 40 pounds that paddles well. Guy at the local shop recommended a Current Designs Vision 130 in kevlar. It weighs 33 pounds and he assures me it will paddle better than the Zoar because it is much stiffer.
I was concerned about the capacity, as I am 190 pounds, but CD says it will be fine.
- Would you expect the 13’ Vision to do better than the 14’ Zoar? The Vision is 1" narrower than the Zoar.
- Does the Vision seem appropriate for my size.
- The Zoar is extremely stable; I would have to help it to ever capsize. Would I also find the Vision stable? I have never capsized, but doing so in the canal wouldn’t be fun; filthy water and perpendicular sides.
- The Vision does not have a rudder, unlike the Zoar; but I don’t have any trouble with the 10’; so I don’t think I will miss it much. I never go in big lakes or such, so am I correct in thinking I can live without the rudder?
- The kayak in the link above has a fancy seat that is adjustable for angle, but weighs 5 pounds. The salesman says it is great for taking pressure off the legs on long paddles. I haven’t had a problem with that and can’t see it is worth 5 pounds. Am I being foolish about that?
If you have any suggestion for other kayaks (under 40 pounds and not obscenely expensive) I would appreciate that also.