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Started by Linda Davis. Last reply by Sarah Gould Jun 7.
Started by Rick K.. Last reply by Glenn Anderson Aug 20, 2011.
Started by GuyThaLizard Oct 2, 2008.
This is a pic of my wife on a trip to the Elk river in TN.
Hi, I'm new here. I have a couple of kayaks, a SOT and a sit-inside. They are an Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 and a Necky Manitou 2. I use the Malibu 2 a lot more; it's just a lot easier. I guess it's a little slower than the Necky, but I'm not usually in a hurry, either.
I love my SOT; it's a pink [not my favorite color] Venus11. I needed something I could load and unload by myself and this was the only color Wild River Outfitters in Virginia Beach had in stock. I was to impatient to wait around for others to come in so out the door with it I went. My daughter and I were kayaking 30 minutes later. My first one was a SOT purple Necky [would love to have that one back!!!!]!!!
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
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