kayaks? cheap kayaks?

Moderators: admin, Inquisitor, ForumModerator, WebsiteContent

User avatar
lurker
Verified Member
Verified Member
Posts: 14221
Joined: Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:00 pm
Location: spencer, nc.
Contact:

Re: kayaks? cheap kayaks?

Post by lurker »

GoldenRetrieversRule wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:13 pm
rope lashing doohicky
i think that's called a "cleat"

User avatar
GoldenRetrieversRule
Verified Member
Verified Member
Posts: 148
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:57 pm
Location: Central Massachusetts
Contact:

Re: kayaks? cheap kayaks?

Post by GoldenRetrieversRule »

lurker wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:37 pm
GoldenRetrieversRule wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:13 pm
rope lashing doohicky
i think that's called a "cleat"
yeah that! I don't know it's so long ago I bought it I don't even know what they called it but it works
"...just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo!" ~Mark Twain

User avatar
kronkmusic
Verified Member
Verified Member
Posts: 1649
Joined: Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:34 pm
Location: South Florida
Contact:

Re: kayaks? cheap kayaks?

Post by kronkmusic »

YankeeTarheel wrote:
GoldenRetrieversRule wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:13 pm
I have the cheapest, lightest sit-in kayak I could find at Dick's about 15 years ago. Slow (very slow!), stable, and many fish have been landed in that thing. It's not pretty, not fancy, and has no bells and whistles, but I put a stadium pad in for a seat and off I go. I have dropped it off of my van, scraped it on rocks, gotten stuck under trees, and have never fallen out or even come near to having fallen out of it so far or had any kind of leak. I bolted a rope lashing doohicky to it a few years ago so I could use an anchor. I think it's a "Swifty" by Perception. Totally suited to flatwater. I wouldn't use it in any fast moving water though I have paddled it on the slow moving Nashua River. Save your money and invest in a good lightweight but strong paddle. Also sit-ins are a little warmer than sit on top if the weather is cool.
Another wise take.

But I REALLY agree on the paddle. A heavy or flimsy paddle will ruin it for you. You don't have to spend hundreds on a paddle, but a good one will make a cheap boat fun, and a flimsy one will make an expensive boat NOT fun!
I absolutely second this, a good paddle makes a world of difference. Also, sit-on kayak is the way to go. I've surfed choppy head-high waves on a sit-on ocean kayak and never felt unstable. I've also paddled calm canals along the Florida Intracoastal Waterway and explored many saltwater creeks throughout the Bahamas on sit-on ocean kayaks and I've never been worried about their stability. Hell, in Florida there are dudes who do some pretty serious deep water game fishing pretty far out into the Atlantic from sit-on ocean kayaks. The newer modern designs are honestly really awesome.

User avatar
Bisbee
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 6940
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:38 pm
Location: On The Border with no need of The Wall.
Contact:

Re: kayaks? cheap kayaks?

Post by Bisbee »

I owned a very cheap sit on top Kayak I bought at Fred Meyers grocery/department store in the PNW for under $200. Based on personal experience remember that the flatter the bottom the slower and harder it will be to row/move across the water. (But it will also feel more stable when sitting still.) So it’s great if you are sitting there fishing or birding or whatever. Not so good if you are using it to paddle around and explore, especially near a large river or ocean shore with any sort of a current to fight against.
"It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. There is hope for a violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent." -Gandhi

User avatar
Inquisitor
Site Admin
Posts: 14742
Joined: Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:19 pm
Location: Boston, MA
Contact:

Re: kayaks? cheap kayaks?

Post by Inquisitor »

This is the pelican I haveImage

I found it for $100

It is a sit in but it’s stable enough for me to drive it without ending up I. The drink.

The sundolfin isn’t.
Image

User avatar
YankeeTarheel
Verified Member
Verified Member
Posts: 11073
Joined: Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:01 pm
Location: The Jughandle State
Contact:

Re: kayaks? cheap kayaks?

Post by YankeeTarheel »

lurker wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:37 pm
GoldenRetrieversRule wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:13 pm
rope lashing doohicky
i think that's called a "cleat"
"Cleat" is the slang. "Rope lashing doohicky or gizmo" is the technical term! :lol:
""If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you." -- LBJ

User avatar
YankeeTarheel
Verified Member
Verified Member
Posts: 11073
Joined: Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:01 pm
Location: The Jughandle State
Contact:

Re: kayaks? cheap kayaks?

Post by YankeeTarheel »

kronkmusic wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:11 am
YankeeTarheel wrote:
GoldenRetrieversRule wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:13 pm
I have the cheapest, lightest sit-in kayak I could find at Dick's about 15 years ago. Slow (very slow!), stable, and many fish have been landed in that thing. It's not pretty, not fancy, and has no bells and whistles, but I put a stadium pad in for a seat and off I go. I have dropped it off of my van, scraped it on rocks, gotten stuck under trees, and have never fallen out or even come near to having fallen out of it so far or had any kind of leak. I bolted a rope lashing doohicky to it a few years ago so I could use an anchor. I think it's a "Swifty" by Perception. Totally suited to flatwater. I wouldn't use it in any fast moving water though I have paddled it on the slow moving Nashua River. Save your money and invest in a good lightweight but strong paddle. Also sit-ins are a little warmer than sit on top if the weather is cool.
Another wise take.

But I REALLY agree on the paddle. A heavy or flimsy paddle will ruin it for you. You don't have to spend hundreds on a paddle, but a good one will make a cheap boat fun, and a flimsy one will make an expensive boat NOT fun!
I absolutely second this, a good paddle makes a world of difference. Also, sit-on kayak is the way to go. I've surfed choppy head-high waves on a sit-on ocean kayak and never felt unstable. I've also paddled calm canals along the Florida Intracoastal Waterway and explored many saltwater creeks throughout the Bahamas on sit-on ocean kayaks and I've never been worried about their stability. Hell, in Florida there are dudes who do some pretty serious deep water game fishing pretty far out into the Atlantic from sit-on ocean kayaks. The newer modern designs are honestly really awesome.
Do you generically mean ocean kayaks or the brand, Ocean, like my Zest EXP 2? Heavy on land, light in the water. It seems to me the way to get both stability and ease of moving across the water, is good and deep skeg or keel design.
""If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you." -- LBJ

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest