Hi. New to forum.
Done lots of canoeing. now time to kayak. Looking for first boat. One I can “grow into”
Background data: 6 foot 255 pounds ( mostly muscle, bit of padding)
Will be using kayak in local rivers (slow current), large lakes and Gulf of Mexico.
Maybe a rare trip to the ocean but for the most part no rock gardens etc.
I’m thinking with my size I am a bit limited.
No preference as to thermoformed vs composite.
I DO NOT want a rotomold tub.
Ihave narrowed down to the following:
- Point 65 N Whiskey 16: Lively boat and from what I have read tracks well. Also would fit me. Only thing is it does not appear to have "eyelets " at stern and bow for tie down to vehicle.
- NC 17: good reviews. Also a good fit. However does not look it has deck lines for rescue.
- QCC: either the Q500 or Q700. I do like the seat in the QCC.
- Delta 17 sport. Again I think I would fit this boat size wise but know little about performance.
Most of the kayaks I am considering are NOT available for demo except for the Delta 17.
I lean toward the QCC due to what looks like good seat and price. Also lifetime warranty!
Price also good for the NC 17. Buy direct from manufacturer.
I believe all these boats have good initial and secondary stability.
I do not plan on long overnights just fitness paddles during day. I do not need an expedition type kayak and for this reason also like the Whiskey 16.
This is tougher than buying a car!!
Oddly the NC has a soft chine but is said to have excellent secondary stability. I would think a hard chine is needed for secondary stability as in the Whiskey 16??
Any input or other suggestions are appreciated.