Lightweight kayak for beginner
Posted by: old_user on Apr-28-12 9:45 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
What's the best lightweight kayak for a beginner? I am 5'3" 130lbs. I've demo'd several boats (14') felt best but most are too heavy. I won't be kayaking alone but I want to be able to maneuver it on and off my small truck by myself if necessary.
Classic Freestanding Rack
The Kayak Wing
Gedi Convertible Helmet
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Posted by: abc on Apr-28-12 10:48 AM (EST)
Use wheels and other devices|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-28-12 12:04 PM (EST)
Before you discard a boat based on weight, look around at the devices out there to help load. You don't lift a kayak except for WW boats because they are so short, you slide it.
Swift Kiwassa, Saranac|
Posted by: trilliumlake on Apr-28-12 12:06 PM (EST)
Swift Canoe & Kayak makes ultralight kayaks that are well-designed, stable & maneuverable enough for beginners, but have enough performance that you won't outgrow them as your skills improve.
Two to try|
Posted by: FrankNC on Apr-28-12 12:33 PM (EST)
If you are comfortable in the Current Designs Vision 140 it could be the first and only kayak you ever need to buy. if it seems a little confining and tippy then try the Kestral 140 with a bigger cockpit and two inches more width.
Hull shape? Handling?|
Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-28-12 9:01 PM (EST)
What is the hull shape of the Swifts, and what are the handling characteristics of that shape?
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-28-12 12:29 PM (EST)
What kind of waters are you planning to paddle? And what is your maximum budget? What boats have you checked out so far and what is the maximum weight you are hoping to find?
How much do you have to spend?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-28-12 12:36 PM (EST)
Light weight usually means more expensive.
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-28-12 2:08 PM (EST)
I think light weight is the most important attribute after hull design. I can't stand dealing with wheels, sliding, dragging, etc. Putting a 30 pound boat on your shoulder, walking to the water, getting in and just going is an addictive feeling.
eddyline is an option|
Posted by: TetonJohn on Apr-28-12 2:15 PM (EST)
Thermoformed plastic is lighter than rotomolded plastic (not quite as light as other materials, but a bit less expensive generally). Eddyline is a company with a great reputation that makes thermoformed kayaks.
Posted by: angstrom on Apr-28-12 8:23 PM (EST)
What boats have you demoed that you liked?
Posted by: michaelcrouse on Apr-28-12 10:31 PM (EST)
For weight and price a used fiberglass kayak is what you'll be looking for. My first two suggestions are an
Posted by: The_GCW on Apr-30-12 9:32 AM (EST)
The Hurricane Tracer 165 was a good first boat for me and may be good for you too. Under 50lbs. It's also relatively affordable, maneuverable, fairly stable, large enough for a week of camping, nice to look at, etc. Paddling Net reviews have more info.
Nothing Wrong with Light|
Posted by: water_walker on Apr-30-12 9:41 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Jul-26-12 6:17 AM (EST)
Temptation is perfect for lake kayaking, which is ten feet long and lightweight.