Washington, DCUSA 20002
April 5, 2012
I'm a painter and broadcast designer for a national news network. I'm in front of a computer daily so getting outdoors regularly is a priority!
Any place beautiful and away from the city.
I'm a painter and photographer. I love to kayak. I often use my photos from hiking and kayaking trips and use them for painting ideas.
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.