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My son and I are newbies to kayaking having just done our first trip and we loved it. The kayak I rented was a Wilderness Tarpon 100 sit-on (I think it was 10 ft). I really liked it, but of course I have nothing to compare it to yet. We're going to do another trip in a couple weeks from another outfitter and try sit-in kayaks. Eventually we would both like to have our own, but we definitely want to try several different types before deciding what we want.
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Some good advice on other threads, here:
Bottom line for me is to actually get into some boats and try them out. If you can find a local paddling club, most people are happy to let you try out their boats, because they remember trying to find one THEY liked. :-)
Never, ever, EVER give up!
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Hello everyone, I'm Nancy from Michigan. I've been kayaking now about 5 years - about 3-4 times a year, in lakes(small). I have an 11 ft Old Town Voyager. I hate the thing, it doesn't track well and moves like a tank. My SO bought a new kayak last year a 14 foot, Necky Looksha with a rudder, to go out on bigger bodies of water. I'm on the fence about what size kayak to buy. I'm either thinking about something like a 12 footer or something shorter like 9.6. I think I like the smaller bodies of waters, lakes, streams, rivers, and don't want to do any type of 'sea' kayaking, and I believe with something in this range, I could go on bigger lakes as long as I stay near the shore. I found a Necky Manitou 14 foot with a Skeg for a steal($750). I want to keep my budget $750 tops. Something thats comfortable for day trips. Any recommendations or advice.