Choosing a kayak

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Choosing a kayak

Post by Glorianaregina » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:00 pm

Hello,

I'm new to this forum, and relatively inexperienced, having been kayaking off and on for over twenty years, but only regularly for a year. I'm ready to buy a kayak, but need some advice on what to go for.

I'm 5ft 6 on a tall day and about 155 pounds. I'll be storing the boat next to the Thames, and will very likely only use it there. My plan is to do medium to long touring trips, perhaps one day attempting the whole of the Thames from its first navigable section down to Shepperton (beyond if I'm ready). There's a chance I'll venture into canals and another local river, but I can't see myself transporting it to whiter water, so my original plan of a crossover kayak probably isn't necessary.

I need something I can portage fairly easily, but obviously still long enough to make light work of the river. I may try a camping trip one day, so somewhere to stash a tent etc. would be perfect.

I have had a look at a few websites, and I've tried a fair few boats at my club, but I'd love to get the benefit of the board's experience in coming up with some more options to consider.

Thank you in advance for reading, replying, and tolerating another 'what kayak' post.
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Re: Choosing a kayak

Post by Mrstratos61 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:48 pm

I used a venture flex 11 for exactly what you're doing. Based in Walton on Thames. Pop down to White water canoe centre in Shepperton. You can try boats and have a list of local clubs

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Re: Choosing a kayak

Post by Glorianaregina » Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:31 pm

I mean Teddington, not Shepperton. Oops.

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Re: Choosing a kayak

Post by Demondave » Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:25 am

Which club do you go to out of interest?


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Post by Mrstratos61 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:53 pm

Never joined a club . Loads on the river though. Some specialise in racing or slalom others recreational. I'm moving soon to Cotswolds. River Wey and canal are worth doing.

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Post by Mrstratos61 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:56 pm

Look out for Mark Rainsley's book on the Thames useful and informative.

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Post by Adrian Cooper » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:00 pm

If you really intend only to paddle on the flat you might like to consider one of the stable composite fast tourers like the Kirton Tercel available from Marsport. These are quite a bit lighter than the plastic alternatives and, whilst they don't have a hatch, you can easily store camping gear in bags in the stern.

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Post by PaddyW » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:45 pm

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:00 pm
If you really intend only to paddle on the flat you might like to consider one of the stable composite fast tourers like the Kirton Tercel available from Marsport. These are quite a bit lighter than the plastic alternatives and, whilst they don't have a hatch, you can easily store camping gear in bags in the stern.
It is up to four times the price of the Speeder if you get the top spec! I am currently using a club speeder for longish flat water touring. It does the job fine although it is heavy. Go through locks rather than portage if you are carrying kit.

I am sure someone could produce a cheapo glassfibre touring kayak.

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Re: Choosing a kayak

Post by Adrian Cooper » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:24 am

You don't have to get the top spec; the lowest spec is less than half the cost of the top spec.

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