Hoping to get into Kayaking for spring next year and i have been doing a lot of research in what i want.
I am 5’10" and weigh 215lbs. I know that matters as i have tried a few kayaks that are too small, like the Old Town Castine. And then got into the Necky Manitou and it felt perfect.
What i am looking for is something that is a good starter boat that can do a little bit of everything. I really want to use it for cruising the lakes and rivers around me. I also want the option to be able to pack gear into it for a night or two of camping, as well as to be able to fish from it.
I know that is asking for a lot out of a single boat but i have seen a few out there so far.
I almost settled on the Old Town Next - Hybrid canoe/kayak but i am unsure about the canoe aspect of this. Storage wise it is fantastic, can add rod holders if i need to. And its a reasonable weight. I have not been able to find anyone who has used this boat who has been able to offer me advice on how this unit is out on the water.
I also looked at the Old Town Loon 126 Angler. Now this was looking more reasonable to me, kayak hull, rod holders and decent storage as well as in the 12-14’ range that i am aiming for.
This got me thinking a bit further and i went out and tested a few kayaks. I learned quickly that i do not want a short kayak, and that ones that have a rudder just add up in price too quickly. So i was looking more at a 12-14’ with skeg, like the MEC Explorer/EV1 125 Kayak with Skeg. Pricing at $899 sounded almost too good to me, tracks well, has sufficient storage, but no rod holders and i was informed it would be too narrow/unstable to fish from.
I am hoping by coming here i can find the right kayak for me that is capable of all that i am looking for, within a reasonable price range. I know that if i am trying for a kayak that does everything, it wont be great at anything in particular but that is ok with me as i am mostly just trying to get out on the water and enjoy myself. And as i am able to do more of that i can then decide which direction i want to go in order to select my next boat.
Also if it makes a difference i am from BC Canada as well.
Looking forward to any responses and am excited to get out on the water.