Coming back to sea kayaking - boat advice please

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smithcorp
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Coming back to sea kayaking - boat advice please

Postby smithcorp » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:04 pm

Hi all

Had to give up the Mirage double when we started having kids 10+ years ago, but now I'm wanting to scratch the sea kayaking itch again with a single seater. From a background in flatwater boats (K1, TK1) and our old Mirage double, I like boats with rudders, so I'm hoping to get some idea on what options are out there for me. Not looking to do expeditions - will mostly be estuaries and some close in offshore stooging about. i would prefer a sit-in that I can fit a skirt on and roll. Live in Sydney Australia.

Weight 85kg, height 174cm male - I know Mirage has the 532 model that would likely suit me, but I'm also interested in knowing what options there are for light plastic boats?

Thanks in advance for any general advice about reputable brands to consider / try out.

smith

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Re: Coming back to sea kayaking - boat advice please

Postby SimonM » Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:30 pm

Hey Smith,

Check out Expedition Kayaks, also in Sydney, range of boats and organise to paddle a few - http://shop.expeditionkayaks.com/collections/sea-kayaks.

Good luck in your search.

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Re: Coming back to sea kayaking - boat advice please

Postby smithcorp » Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:56 pm

Thanks Simon

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Re: Coming back to sea kayaking - boat advice please

Postby micheleholstein » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:27 pm

I'm enjoying a kayak from Sea Eagle. Razor Lite is there newest item. You can have a look at Razor Lite.

smithcorp
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Re: Coming back to sea kayaking - boat advice please

Postby smithcorp » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:02 am

Well, a new Mirage 532 is probably out of reach at the moment, but I have found three second-hand options for well under $1,000:

First is an aged (2000) 5 metre fiberglass sea kayak / TK1 made by Geoff Barker (ex-Bowral kayak maker). It looks like a Sea Wasp but its plaque seems to suggest its a TK1. I haven't had a chance to inspect it yet

Second is a 5.6m long fiberglass Chinese Olym Sports Wave Play sea kayak - newer looking but haven't inspected it yet

Third is a 6 year old plastic Dag Miwok kayak.

Any views on these?

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Re: Coming back to sea kayaking - boat advice please

Postby smithcorp » Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:38 pm

Hi all, just checking back in. After a few months searching various sources, including Ebay and Gumtree, I found a nice Welhonpesa Bigfoot at a reasonable price, near where I live, complete with a paddle, skirt and trolley. Picked it up on the weekend and had a little paddle on Georges River on Sunday afternoon by way of christening it - lovely boat and nicely designed for ease of use. Not too heavy either.

In the end I was tossing up between this boat (plastic) and a Raider X.


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