I'm about to decide on a kayak purchase (and related equipment). I am a newbie, although not an absolute beginner, and I imagine paddling this on inland lakes, sloughs, the S.F. Bay, and protected coastal areas for no more than a half-day excursion or so.
I was thinking about a kayak between 9.5 and 12 feet (and about $600 to $800). I've been eyeing REI's 10.5 foot Necky Manitou and am also considering used kayaks. (Also, I prefer a kayak without a fairly large/wide cockpit area, e.g., a lot of the Old Town kayaks I've seen).
Any recommendations/experiences (not only on kayaks but paddles, PFD's, other necessities) would be very appreciated, and might be useful to others considering a purchase. Thank you to Jery and Kevin for their rack tips, and thank you in advance to anyone replying to this post.
~Mark, aka MAGman
From: Kevin T <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [bay-areakayakers] Jerry Olson added a post
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Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 6:18 AM
I rented a tandem hard shell kayak in Hawaii and they just used pool noodles with the winching straps you can get at Walmart. I saw some shops use four total noodles, two in the front and two in the back. My shop just used one in the front and one in the back. It was just a few miles to the sea and there were no freeway involved.
Here's a picture of it:
Just like the one Jerry mentioned, the straps go through the inside of the car. It is nice if you have an SUV with plenty of headroom. If you have a car with a lower ceiling, the straps might be a bit annoying since it will be near the the top of your head.
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