New kid in class and very first post here for me.
I am hoping to get a “big picture road map” for all things kayak.
About a year ago my wife and I purchased a waterfront cabin on the east (quiet) side of Orcas Island in the San Juan Island chain in upper Washington State. It is right next to Doe Bay.
I have been working on remodeling all the outdated systems and am now ready for some fun! I am looking for a single kayak for myself, a possible two person kakak for my wife and I and later on a possible cheaper sit on top Kayak for short runs on sunny calm days.
We are both in our mid 50s and reasonably fit. I am 6-4” and 230 pounds. My wife is 5-4” and 120#. Our experience is minimal, just some San Juan Islands four hour sea tours and casual paddling on rivers and lakes, etc.
My wife prefers that we get a tandem kayak for when we paddle together. This might change? For my single boat I want a safe, not too “sporty” ocean boat for mostly day trips and the occasional overnight camping venture. The same thing goes for any tandem we buy. I do not want a massive heavy “barge” as I just don’t see us needing to carry that much gear.
Our house has direct water access but there are a lot of rocks, depending on tides. The tides fluctuate wildly up here. I might be able to use our neighbors property with better access but the house will have new owners soon so who knows? I do have shelter for storage though. I am a photographer so having an accessible (while on the water) dry storage hatch for cameras and gear would be great.
I think I am looking for a latish model used plastic boat? While thinking about this I resize I may end up with three boats? This will be fine as we will be hosting guests and family. I plan on taking courses (spring/early summer) here on Orcas Island and perhaps Seattle as well. There are some excellent trainers and world renown experts out here like Boat Body Blade, etc.
I will also be getting a used (island car) Subaru Outback or Volvo XC70 wagon to transport boats to other locations here on the islands.
In the summer there is a large bull kelp island that forms directly across from us which attracts tourists and fishing folks. Many seem to do just fine on slower SOT or inflatable boats. So, I can see having a cheaper spur of the moment short distance runner just to get out on the water for an attempt at catching a fish?
All of this will be the lifestyle change we have worked so hard for, so I want to do this the “right way” without getting over my head and spending silly money.
I better cut this short. But any thoughts here would be most welcome…