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Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Flemming » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:32 am

Hi there,

I am looking for a sea kayak with a budget around £300.

I am 174cm 5'9" ish and 80kg.

Based in Havant but work in Netley Marsh (New Forest).

Bonus if comes with paddle and life jacket.
Spraydeck is a must.

AND IT MUST BE WATER TIGHT, THAT INCLUDES ANY HATCHES TOO.

Thanks,

Flemming

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Arthur » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:06 am

You're asking a lot... spraydeck, a cheap paddle and a PFD can easily cost £200.00. Good luck and welcome to sea kayaking!

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Mrstratos61 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:27 pm

You echoed my thoughts. You may get the boat for that if you're lucky.

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Bellypopper » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:15 pm

Why not join a club first? They would usually have Sea Kayaks you can try. You would then be in a better position to know what you want when buying. I am a member of Portsmouth Canoe Club (http://www.portsmouth-canoe-club.org/) and we have Sea Kayaks for new members to try.

Cheers
Russ

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Flemming » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:49 pm

Arthur, Mrstratos61 & Russ,

Thank you all for your response.

I know I ask a bit. But it is possible, I just missed a mk1 capella 166 for £300 as I could not meet up on the Saturday just gone. There is currently one in Lymington Spa for sale for £250.
There are a couple of bonus items and the budget is aproximate.

@ Russ that sounds good, thanks! I will take a look on the webpage.

Cheers,
Flemming

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Mrstratos61 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:27 am

Best of luck in the search sorry if I came over flippant

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by pathbrae » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:39 pm

Once you get hold of it, assuming it's plastic, check the bulkheads are waterproof too - a bit of extra sealant (Sikaflex or equivalent) is usually all that's needed but there's nothing worse than one leaky hatch flooding the entire boat and ending up with soggy sandwiches.
So much sea - so little time to see it.

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Flemming » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:51 pm

Bellypopper wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Why not join a club first? They would usually have Sea Kayaks you can try. You would then be in a better position to know what you want when buying. I am a member of Portsmouth Canoe Club (http://www.portsmouth-canoe-club.org/) and we have Sea Kayaks for new members to try.

Cheers
Russ
Russ,
Looking on the webpage suggested I am in doubt when the club's monday sessions start to "try paddling", as I assume this is where you can try some kayaks ?

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Post by Flemming » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:56 pm

Bump :)

Still looking, so please do feel free to contact me with suggestions and/are objects.
I am based in Bedhampton in Hampshire but can travel for the right object at the right price !

As a complete novice a Plastic kayak might be more suitable, but again I am open to most suggestions.


Cheers,
Flemming

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Fozzy » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:29 pm

Most clubs will let you borrow (hire for a nominal fee) boats and all the kit you need, so it doesn't have to be on a set day.

I would start with a club and try as many different boats as possible. You will find most people, once they know you will also let you have a paddle in there own boats, and will always give friendly advice. Don't just rush out and buy the first boat you see on budget as (a) it may be rubbish and (b) a very good boat but the wrong one for you at present, and may frighten you off. eg an old Knordkapp.

Good luck. As you say they are about - there's a P&H Capella 166 on Gumtree for £200 but it's in Inverness!

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Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Post by Bellypopper » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:54 am

Flemming wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:51 pm
Bellypopper wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Why not join a club first? They would usually have Sea Kayaks you can try. You would then be in a better position to know what you want when buying. I am a member of Portsmouth Canoe Club (http://www.portsmouth-canoe-club.org/) and we have Sea Kayaks for new members to try.

Cheers
Russ
Russ,
Looking on the webpage suggested I am in doubt when the club's monday sessions start to "try paddling", as I assume this is where you can try some kayaks ?
The Monday night sessions start on 9th April. In most cases, the Monday sessions are not at the club's base, so a kayak would need to be taken to the launch site for you. There is an A grade trip from our club base at Tipner on 18th March & again on 24th March which may be of interest to you. Club Sea kayaks should be available. I would advise you contact Simon (secretary@portsmouth-canoe-club.org) if you are interested in coming along.

Cheers
Russ

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