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Started by Linda Davis. Last reply by Rosa Waggoner Aug 11, 2012.
Started by Rick K.. Last reply by Glenn Anderson Aug 20, 2011.
Started by GuyThaLizard Oct 2, 2008.
Ronald, thanks for the feed back, i thought 2/3 would be the answer. The rivers nearest me are pretty tame, so are good for touring there are a few weirs which are good value. my SOT has mounts for fishing but i have never tried it, my brother sea fishes from his, he lives on the coast.
To Lee Driver: I have a Perception Caster 12.5 SOT. Not a top line SOT and set up mostly for fishing. The most I have tried with whitewater would be about class 2 + rapids. I have absolutely no difficulty with them. At a full class 3, I think manuverability would start being a problem. A class 4 would be out of the question. I have aimed for some sizable boulders in fast water just to see what happens. As long as I'm aligned with the current it glances off and doesn't even try to tip. I appreciate your going to a SOT with the leg problem. I tore up my knee a few years ago and being able to shift my leg position frequently saves many trips.
I broke my leg 18 months ago, and had to have it pinned and plated, once i recovered i found i couldnt get in a SIK very well, and became uncomfortable after only a short time. I looked at getting a canoe, but in the end i opted for a SOT, What a great choice, i find it easy to paddle, tracks well, loads of room. I have a question though, i paddle on Rivers nothing major, touring mainly and i paddle in the sea and surf, with that in mind, what kind of White water level do you realistically think you can do in a sit on top, Thanks Lee
Thank you, Robin. That is very helpful. I would like to be able to go long distances, maybe not 35 miles :-)
I am not able to lift 75 pounds over my head to put a kayak on top of my car, so am looking for something that I can lift and carry to the water. 60# max, I think. Would also like it to have a small space for my constant companion, a 10# dog.
Just in case you were wondering weather or not to bother :)
any thing that knid of lenth will be easy to turn, so good for white water fast rivers and surf, but slow on longer trips, but the reasale value is so good on these boats, that get it, try it , see what you think, for me, i like to be alble to easly cover 15 miles in a day have done 35 miles in a single day before, so i would not look at a boat unless it was 13-14 foot and over, hope that helps
Well i have found the perception freedom. its about 13.5 foot. its a nice but the ride is a little low, makes it very stable but i weigh about 18 stone and i get a wet ass, also if camping then the weight of the extra kit will mean you defo get a wet ass. the middle hatch can be venerable to becoming under the water line. A friend has the tarpon 140 and 120 and tried the 160, the 160 is fast but you really need that rudder as turning it was a pain, the 140 and 120 are both very nice boats in deed, the seat is a bit higher and the ride a bit dryer, but still a very stable kayak, however the holes made for the rudder cables can be a weakness, and sometimes need plugging if your not using a rudder (small 5 mm holes for cable) the holes should already be sealed but just take a look to be sure :), . The feel free moken was not very nice, it has a wheel on the back to help move it on land. but it makes it suck big time in the water... i will be upgrading soon, and have my eye on the ultra 4.7, this looks to be the nuts, can carry 280 kg and being so long it will be faster, this is needed if like me you start to explore the big blue sea, where covering long miles is a given.
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