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3/9/13 5:30 P

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Just got back from an 1 1/2 hour paddle on the Tennessee River with my Perception 11.5. This is my 5th time with this wonderful little boat -- love it, love it, love it. It is great for wide flat water, and handles choppy water from speeding power boats quite well. It is extremely stable, and I have never felt it was tippy.

It is new to the market (came out last fall). I am thrilled with it!

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8/20/12 6:08 A

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Although you fear a dealer talking you into more kayak than you want, a good dealer will discuss the options with you, what your intended use will be, determine a good fit and let you try different ones.

Just because you look doesn't mean you have to buy. Once you determine what you want, search craigs list or your local classifieds, swap listings, used sporting goods etc.

My husband and I paddle a Dirigo Tandem Plus (which seats us and our little boy who is special needs). so stable that we can move our son from back seat to front seat while in the water without issue.

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8/14/12 1:25 P

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Thanks, Kits, for your advice. The intracoastal is like a wide river around here and doesn't span more than maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile. It runs between the barrier islands (i.e., Palm Beach, Jupiter Island, etc.) and the mainland, so it's well protected and is generally flat and calm, but it can get a little choppy, and it does have a tide. Anything more than a light chop and I probably wouldn't want to get in with a kayak.


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8/14/12 11:20 A

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I guess I would start at what your price range is. My kayak does have some dry storage though I'm not sure it's big enough for an overnight. I have the Wilderness Pungo. We mainly do lake and river kayaking. I'm not familiar with intracoastal kayaking but I would guess you might need a sea kayak for that. A sea kayak would have the dry storage you need as well. They are longer so might be a bit long if your rivers are narrow. Good luck!


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8/5/12 7:12 P

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Yaking...on my list too.
We do have some avid yakers here on Outdoor People...Choc, Wood, a gal that used to be here a lot, Aster. (Aster kayaked down river for a week or two solo.) I will see if she has any thoughts and see if she can post here. (I usually only see her on fb now.) But several may have advice.

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8/5/12 12:28 P

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I'm looking forward to seeing what others have to say - I've never kayaked but recently have 'gotten the bug' to try it and if I do like it, which I'm starting to suspect I will, I'd want to buy a kayak of my own. DH wants to try it, too, and both of us want to kayak in calm waters, lakes, etc, so hope to learn more about it!

Lynda in Orange County, So Calif


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8/3/12 9:29 A

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I have been wanting a kayak for some time now. I probably paddle 2-3 times a year, but would go more if I had my own kayak. The problem is there are so many different types and sizes, that it gets overwhelming, and I don't want to spend a lot of money just to discover I bought the wrong one or something that I'm not happy with. There are a couple of kayak dealers near here, but I don't want to be talked into more boat than I need or can handle.

I live in South Florida, and would be paddling both in the intracoastal as well as on rivers in the central and northern part of the state. River waters are mostly calm, but the intracoastal could get a little choppy with boat traffic (but I don't plan to go out on bad weather days). The river that's closest to me (Loxahatchee) has places that have some tight turns. Most paddles would be one day, but I would love to do an overnight paddle/camp trip, so I would want some dry storage. I prefer sit inside rather than sit on tops.

Any help, advice, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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