Looking for a 14’ yak, day touring type. Have narrowed it down to three options (I think). Here’s some quick background.
I’m 6’1", 220 - chub is evenly distributed!
I started kayaking Aug 2018, bought a Sundolphin Aruba 10 as my first… to putt around at the family cottage lake. Fell in love instantly. During Boxing week of 2018, upgraded to a Current Designs Kestrel 120, and upgraded my paddle to a Aqua-Bound Stringray Carbon… along with my PFD etc. Took a self rescue course (wet exit, self rescue and team rescue).
This summer, had a blast in my Kestrel 120… got out in many different places, paddled for hours at a time… covered 10-18 km on most trips out. But now… looking to upgrade again.
First, I was really interested in the Eddyline Sitka XT… but i’m not really sure that’ll be in my budget anytime soon… and my other concern is coming up on rocky shores and/or hitting rocky river bottoms. I’m in Southern Ontario, lots of lakes and rivers to explore, especially up North… so you never know when you might run into. 9/10 i’ll be on lakes - so the “Beatability” of the yak isn’t a concern… but I do take care of my stuff… plan on having it for a long time… so both saving money and getting a rotomold type yak might just be a ticket… at the sake of saving 10-12 lbs of carrying weight. My goal is to get more efficiency out of it… longer glides, be a little faster, and a little more room by the feet than the kestrel.
With all that said… here’s what i’m thinking:
- 14.5 WS Tsunami
- 14L Dagger Stratos
- 14.4 Perception Carolina.
- NEW ENTRY: Jackson Journey 14
I’m trying to find a used one… .there are a couple out there for the WS and one Carolina… but I’m leaning towards the Dagger as I like it’s reviews and features… but it’s the costlier of the three of course.
Not sure i’m on a fan of the rudder (moving parts/cables etc), but I really like the idea of a skeg. Plenty of times i’ve been out in a crosswind and i’m paddling 3-4 times on one side to keep straight… doing that for a couple hours isn’t ideal.
I like the WS Tsunami for it’s day hatch which the Dagger doesn’t have, although i’d have to find an older model as the updated model also lost it’s day hatch.
Reviews are glowing across the board on all three… so would love your input. With size 12 feet and being a bigger guy, would appreciate a slightly bigger cockpit for entry/exit, and a little room to wiggle the feet.