Washington, DCUSA 20002
June 14, 2013
I am a broadcast graphic designer & an artist. I live in DC and would like to plan for the time when I can paint full time.
It would be great to meet others who are planning positively for their future while enjoying all that we can now.
That's not to say the WS Tempests are too big. I have a 170 and I've done every kind of paddling in it. But it is large. If you got a composite, 165 it'd be much lighter.
The WS Tempest, both 165 and 170 are larger than the Necky Eliza.
The Eliza is indeed an elegant women's boat...I've paddled with about 3 of them and they always seem just about perfect. Depends on your stature. For REALLY petite women, it's hard to beat the WS Tsumami SP...a plastic boat that's only 35 lbs! If you want even lighter, there's the Current Designs Raven...a composite that's only 26 lbs! Both of these boats are only 12 feet long but they've got the basic sea kayak design.
Patrice, the Necky Eliza Kayak with Rudder (http://www.neckykayaks.com) was one I heard good reviews on and was named "Best Women's Kayak" in Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Awards. You might also consider the Wilderness Systems Tempest 165, which Madeline paddles and can also demo my WS Tempest 170 next time I see you, as both are great touring boats.
Hi Patrice, it was nice to meet you too! About the Hullavator, smart questions: The Hullavator will lift forty pounds so essentially my 54 pound boat becomes a 14 pound boat. I cannot lift 54 pounds up or above shoulder height but I can lift 14 pounds. So the Hullavator is a "lift-assist" device. It doesn't do all the lifting, just most of it. I have used it successfully with both my 48 pound and my 54 pound boats. For the price it is really a dream come true for me.
Welcome to Washington Kayak Club. I mostly organize meetups on Fridays because I work most weekends (not this weekend, however, and I am leading a group on Saturday). Most meetups are on Saturdays and Sundays, however. Looks like you have a good kayak. Is it the 140? Let us know how we can help you.