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Old 04-01-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Anybody own a kayak? I want to get one but don't know what type....

So, I really want to get into kayaking. I imagine myself doing it both as exercise (i.e., going out for an hour in the morning a few days a week for a workout), and for tooling around in now and then. If I put an emphasis on the working out aspect, my guess is I should get a touring kayak instead of just a recreational one. Is that right? Any kayakers here?
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I wish. My ex took me kayaking before he sold his kayaks the other summer. I loved it. Sadly he didn't have room for his kayaks to store them anymore. He had a long touring one which he used on the the canals and lakes in the lake District in England and a smaller touring one.

From what i remember the touring ones are longer in length and they often have hatches for storage, the recreational ones tend to be a bit smaller i think, it is a few years though so i might be wrong.

The best thing to do is find somewhere local to you that is a kayaking club or shop, so you can maybe try a few out for yourself and find out which you prefer.

I actually want to get into Kayaking but need to pass my driving test first so i can drive to places to use the kayak.
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Yeah, the touring ones are longer, and I think most of them have a middle-of-the-road amount of V-shape on the bottom, giving you average maneuverability. I think the recreational ones are more for fishing and tooling about. You're right--my best bet is probably just to go to a place and ask a ton of questions there, and then try a few out.

Good luck with the driving test---definitely a good one to pass!
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I actually want to get into Kayaking but need to pass my driving test first so i can drive to places to use the kayak.
If you were *that* outdoorsy, you'd hike to the places.


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I would recommend a sit-on-top.

Try Ocean Kayaks for some nice single ones. If possible, you should try to rent one before you commit to a purchase, see how you like it first.

I own a seventeen-foot Coleman canoe, which I prefer for longer outings because paddling alone can be hard work
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Yeah, the touring ones are longer, and I think most of them have a middle-of-the-road amount of V-shape on the bottom, giving you average maneuverability. I think the recreational ones are more for fishing and tooling about. You're right--my best bet is probably just to go to a place and ask a ton of questions there, and then try a few out.

When i get one i'm gonna go to a Kayaking club and try loads out, i loved my exes kayak, but it might be a bit heavy for me to load on a car by myself. I liked to touring ones as you can takea picnic and go paddle and have a bit of a rest and eat then carry on.

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Good luck with the driving test---definitely a good one to pass!
Thanks. I'm hoping i can put in for it soon.

If you get one post a pic.

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I own a seventeen-foot Coleman canoe, which I prefer for longer outings because paddling alone can be hard work


I don't mind paddling myself. It was fun paddling next to each other.
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If you were *that* outdoorsy, you'd hike to the places.






The nearest places are about an hours drive or the nearest canal and an hour and a half or the lake district. Maybe I'd hike there by tea time.
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