An odd question regarding length and suitability

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An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by eastupper93 » Wed May 30, 2018 7:35 pm

Used to have a pyranha fusion which went in the divorce, mainly inland touring with the odd river , harbour etc. What I'm asking is what is the shortest kayak similar to the fusion that I can use for these waters without spinning on a sixpence constantly ? Reason for this question is that now I have an apartment and anything over 2.9m is not going to make it round stairwell. Any kayak suggestions welcomed, not fussed if it's secondhand etc , just needs to be short as poss but fairly straight cruising. I'm 6ft and 13.5 stone

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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by Mrstratos61 » Wed May 30, 2018 10:16 pm

Islander fiesta would do for length. Or perception Sundance.

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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by eastupper93 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:18 pm

Thought as much. Thank you, although Dagger GTX max looks a possibility?

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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by Mike79 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:49 pm

A GTX is a white-water boat. If you want to consider those then there are many that you can easily carry up the stairs but they will be a little less stable and a bit more 'spinny' than the rec/tourer type boats. That said, you'd very soon get used to it and paddle straight no problem.

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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by eastupper93 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:57 pm

Thanks I was hoping that , as it's far more practical for me up the stairs ! . It's just knowing what to look for on the larger white water boats without being too uncontrollable

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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by Mike79 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:14 pm

As far a WW boats go (I do think that's a great option) something like a club spec MX would be a good bet for not too much money:

http://www.whitewaterthecanoecentre.co. ... 2655-p.asp

It will take you a couple of hours to get used to - then you're all good to bob around anywhere you want. Inevitably these type of boats are less efficient on flat water than a touring boat but for your situation that's an inevitable pay-off for the length.

You can find no end of used WW boats here or on facebook. They always come in sizes - you're always going to want the large and you'll want one of the (relatively) longer, fatter looking boats. I's going to be 8.5 - 9' long. Avoid the really short ones (less than 8') even if they are for your weight - they are for a different use and they'll be less suitable for you. 9' boats (2.5m ish) can go up any stair case I've ever seen.

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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by eastupper93 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:04 pm

Invaluable advice. Thankyou

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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by PlymouthDamo » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:13 pm

eastupper93 wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 7:35 pm
Any kayak suggestions welcomed
Sectional kayaks aren't often considered, but they could be a solution for what you're after. You could have a full-length sea kayak (with retractable skeg) standing up in a 1 metre square footprint in your hallway. There are lots of technical options and pitfalls, so before going down this route, you ought to do some Googling - the following blog is a good start:

http://sectionalseakayak.blogspot.com

Similarly, you can get some good quality inflatable touring boats, but you need to do your research to avoid the junk.

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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by TechnoEngineer » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:24 pm

You could try a Dagger Blackwater, which has a skeg to help you hold course.
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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by Ferret » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:19 pm

Hello! I also had the same problem as my lockup is 8ft squared. Really wanted something longer for canals, but ended up buying a Perception whiplash which is 2.78 metres long (I'm only 5'4" and 8st). I got used to it by the end of the first afternoon out but it was noticeably hard work. Have been wondering about fitting a removable skeg to help it track straighter but the bottom is not completely flat, and I've never done anything like that before! Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Post by DaveB » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:32 am

In reply to the last post: if you mange ok except in occassional strong winds you can simply trail a short length of rope or sling with knots in the end from your rear grab loop. increase drag but does the job at minmal inconvenience

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