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  • #1597
    ox17
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    I’m a beginner and am looking to get a kayak. I am 5’6″ and 185lb. I think I want a day touring 13-15 ft. want something versatile with room for a couple days gear. I don’t want to spend over $800 since it will be my first kayak, but don’t want the cheapest either. I found a pelican pursuit 116 at costco for $629. Its probably not what I want , but maybe the closest I can afford. Any suggestions would help.
    Thanks in advance

    #17854
    Pieman
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    "ox17":2rml3utu wrote:
    I’m a beginner and am looking to get a kayak. I am 5’6″ and 185lb. I think I want a day touring 13-15 ft. want something versatile with room for a couple days gear. I don’t want to spend over $800 since it will be my first kayak, but don’t want the cheapest either. I found a pelican pursuit 116 at costco for $629. Its probably not what I want , but maybe the closest I can afford. Any suggestions would help.
    Thanks in advance[/quote:2rml3utu]

    Hey ox 17,
    Very excited to hear that you are interested in buying a kayak!
    My first question to you is what do you see yourself doing with your kayak?
    By the sounds of it you want to be able to go for an overnight (possibly longer) trip. With the little bit of information you have given me I would suggest a boat from the Necky Manitou series.

    You could have a look at the Manitou sport:
    http://www.necky.com/kayaks/recreation/ … sport.html
    (note – I believe the prices are in US$)

    We retail it at our BOATWERKS Haliburton store for$849.00 cdn.

    Also have a look at the Manitou 13
    http://www.necky.com/kayaks/recreation/manitou_13.html
    Retails for $999.00 cdn.

    I have personally paddled both of these fine boats & the differences between them are not to dramatic – but this is what I personally found between the two of them:
    Both were very stable –
    average hull speed in the sport –
    very good hull speed in the 13 –
    tracking in the sport was a little less than average for me –
    tracking in the 13 was very good.

    The capacity suprisingly is higher in the sport than the 13 – this is because Necky took the Manitou 13 & squished the demensions down from 12’10” boat to a 10’11” boat thus giving it a wider beam

    Now I know this price range is a little above what you quoted, but I promise that these boats will out perform the typical Costco boat any day & they are well worth the investment.

    I do suggest looking into a rental program in your area to try out a few different models – gets some hands on experience.

    I hope this was clear as mud & that I answered all of your questions & if you have any more please feel free to contact me any time at corey@boatwerks.net

    Corey Pietryszyn
    Manager,
    Boatwerks, Haliburton Store

    #17855
    ox17
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    Thanks for the reply. After reading some reviews I am putting the manitou 13 on my list of possibles.
    I will be trying a kayak in my area, but he only has one model to try and 2 more are coming. My concern is not deciding and ordering too late to get much use from it. I have a busy work schedule this summer.

    #17856
    dannyd_canoeyak
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    The wilderness systems Pamilico 120 -$700 is a cheap choice for you. It has a wide cockpit, and no sealed bulkhead, but what do u expect from a lower end model. Single hatch, 12′ long. If you want something longer the tsunami series is highly reccomended and more suited for touring purposes. They go for more since you are paying by the foot for kayaks! About $1000 for one. – well worth the money though.
    Dont go with costco – crappy models.

    Also consider the Dagger Catalyst. Although the seating is not as nice as the wilderness systems, it is more suited for day touring than the Pamilico 120. It is 13′ long and approx. $900.

    #17857
    Grant
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    Check out the Dagger Blackwater series as well. Most new paddlers (i’ve introduced to kayaking) find it easier to use a boat with a skeg to help in the begining. prices should be comprable and the 12.5 is big enought to swallow some gear.

    You may also want to figure out what boat you like best and try finding it used. (they re-did the blackwaters for this year and I think you’ll find older ones for sale)

    #17858
    ox17
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    thanks for the help. I was looking at the Tsunami also, but ended up getting the Old town dirigo 120. Maybe smaller than I ultimately want, but I am quite pleased with it so far, after all I am only a beginner.

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