Newbie asking questions. My apologies if this is too obvious for some of you.
I have a choice of buying either an Old Town Adventure XL 139 or 160. To tell the truth, I haven’t tried either one although I have tried the Old Town Dirigo 120 and thought highly of it. That seemed to fit me pretty well.
I have two reasons for considering the Adventure XLs.
- I’m on the fat side. 5’ 8-1/2" tall but 250 lbs, mostly in the gut. So I’m looking for a bigger boat with a decent sized cockpit. I tried getting into a Wilderness System Tsunami and barely fit. It was painful getting out!
- I plan on using it for more than recreational use. Day trips on the Hudson River through the locks and such. I want a kayak that has a good glide so I’m not expending a lot of energy paddling. I’m not strong but I have pretty good endurance.
From what I’ve been reading it seems that the longer the boat, the beter the glide per stroke. That’s why I’m interested in a 14’ or 16’ boat. I figure I can cover more distance with less effort. Is that accurate?
Anyoe with experience with the Old Town XL’s have any comments?
Care to enlighten me?