We do community relations on a volunteer basis for a water district with a large mountain reservoir. We’d like to “introduce” people (e.g. board members, media members, committee members) to the joy of experiencing this recreational resource. Hubby and I have two lovely sit-in kayaks (Kevlar Bell Rob Roys, 12 foot) we use on this very quiet lake; we don’t want to spend that kind of money on two kayaks for our first-time paddlers and are looking for your recommendations. Here are our questions:
–Sit-upon or sit-in style? We launch from the side of the lake (no dock). We’re used to hopping into the Rob Roys and paddling off, but would it be a lot easier for folks to get in from the lakeside using a sit-upon style? We really prefer the sit-in, but are open to your ideas for newbie paddlers.
–Weights of our visitors would vary from 100 to 225 pounds or so, no children involved. Would this range lead to a particular choice?
–What “generic” flotation vests would you recommend which are adjustable to fit our visitors?
Note: We will carry these on a Triton KL trailer with space for six standard kayaks and don’t anticipate much of a “carry” from parking space to lakeside.
Any other things we should consider? This lake is our district’s drinking water so we’re hoping not a lot of accidental tipping of visitors into our drinking water…
Thanks for your insight/help/recommendations!