I am at a disadvantage because my location limits what kayaks I can easily purchase. I live in South East Alaska and have great paddling opportunites but not a lot of purchase options.
In any case, I have found some boats that most likely fit my needs. I am 5’10", 175lbs. I want a fast boat that can be raced in, but also want to use it for some touring trips.
These are my current options:
- Romany Explorer - glass
- Wilderness Tempest 170 (maybe 165 for my size?)- plastic
- Kajak-Sport Viviane - this may actually to be too high performance for my everyday touring needs
- Necky Chatham 17 - Looks like a fun boat, but it may be too slow for my race needs.
I reckon in a few years I can get a race specific boat, but for now can only afford one boat. I know it is tough to find one boat for all occasions, but what do you think of my options?
Oh, you should also know that I really don’t have the option of trying out these boats due to my location. Shopping for a kayak on-line ain’t easy - I hope you can help.