New Kayak Purchase

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Tempri
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New Kayak Purchase

Postby Tempri » Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:39 am

Hey all,

So I've taken up kayaking since November last year and have been using the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak (inflatable) which cost me approx $150 and loved it ever since. Now I'm looking to get a bit more serious and upgrade to a proper kayak.

I am looking to spend up to the $400 range and have a few option so far. I primarily kayak on big open lakes.

My friend is selling his used Perception Acadia 280 (2009?) for $350 including soft roof racks. I have also come across an Emotion Glide (2011 version) for $350 which is virtually brand new. Or there is this one which is $350 brand new as well.

Would anyone be able to give me some advice as to which kayak is more value-for-money as well as more suitable for a beginner/intermediate?
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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby Camanche73 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:31 am

I would chose the perception arcadia over the other 2, but depends on what you plan on doing with them. Neither of them are what I would call sea kayaks. But fun in their own right.

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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby Tempri » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:58 am

Camanche73 wrote:I would chose the perception arcadia over the other 2, but depends on what you plan on doing with them. Neither of them are what I would call sea kayaks. But fun in their own right.


It'd just be used around big lakes with low to moderate winds for recreational uses only. Might take it to the beach on very rare occasions but generally lakes.

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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby feraltek » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:21 pm

If you're in those kayaks on a big lake don't skimp on the quality of your life jacket.

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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby Tempri » Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:48 pm

Oh it's not too deep, just a big ass one, but yeah, I have a decent one. Let's hope I never have to test it out haha.

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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby Camanche73 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:51 pm

Large body of water which is not very deep...can be quite concerning. If wind picks up, fetch can have a large effect and shallow water can cause violent wave action. Don't be too complacent because it's shallow...

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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby Tempri » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:29 am

Anyone else? Any advice?

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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby Rhysie » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:37 am

I have a Valley Skerray for sale for $450 in the for sale section. It would involve a drive to Sydney though.
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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby kkayak » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:57 am

I can recommend a commercial courier like this one...
http://www.thekayakcourier.com.au/
Transported a kayak from Queensland cheaper than my paying for petrol and accommodation to collect it

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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby Floater » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:52 am

I suggest you do some research on the various kayak designs. The ones you have mentioned are really just potter about craft just a heavier version of what you have with the existing inflatable, hardly an upgrade, unless its to stop fish hooks puncturing the hull.
Look at retailers websites and read about the various types of craft and their purpose.

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Re: New Kayak Purchase

Postby mike holding » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:01 am

Perception arcadia will be my choice among all. But i think you should look for the reviews before making a decision. May be you can find something useful here http://www.xgearhub.com/best-kayak-reviews/


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