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Inflatable Kayak
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:13:28 AM »
I would like to buy a kayak for my son and I to use on our next camping trip.  DW has declined the purchase of a 2 person kayak....they are too expensive and she doesn't think I will use it enough to warrant the purchase  :-[  She did say if it was $150 or less then OK but I haven't found anything, even used, for less than $500. 

I see inflatable kayaks in my price range that I could get DW to approve.  However, I have this fear in my mind that inflatable kayaks are toys and a PIA.  What are your thoughts?  I can rent a kayak for $50 for the day but 3 rentals would equal the purchase of this and I would have something I could have fun with my son a few more times in the future. 

I found THIS on Amazon.  What are your thoughts on it?  Is it a toy?  Will it be a PIA to paddle?

BTW, my son is 6 and probably would not contribute much to paddling if at all.  Combined we would be about 325 pounds. 
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Re: Inflatable Kayak
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 09:58:47 AM »
Busdriver and guitarman both have inflatable.  Maybe they can give you their opinions
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Re: Inflatable Kayak
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 12:32:11 PM »
been  looking at a sea eagle inflatable, looks  pretty soild,  myself   

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Re: Inflatable Kayak
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2016, 09:16:50 AM »
I just realized I probably will not have time to order one from Amazon.  I'll have to get one from a store this weekend if I buy one. 

Busdriver!!!  Steve!!!!  Do you guys like your inflatable kayak?  Or would you suggest trying to convince DW to get a traditional kayak?
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Re: Inflatable Kayak
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2016, 09:39:09 AM »
If you have amazon prime you can get it quick
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Re: Inflatable Kayak
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2016, 03:19:48 PM »
Matt, we've had the Sea Eagle tandem for 6 yrs or so. For us, it was a great way to get back on the water (we used to canoe a lot in younger yrs) It is sturdy, very roomy, easy to transport & store. Our model has the skegs on the bottom, which help with the tracking so it's not like you're getting blown across the water in a kiddie inflatable pool toy. It handles waves well, but wind can take a little effort. For the first time, last summer, each of us took it out solo & were surprised at how easy it was to handle by ourselves.

For us, the biggest drawback was the time, not really for the set up, but for the packing away. Chris is very meticulous about deflating, drying, wiping, etc before folding it up. On longer trips, it wasn't much of an issue, but for short 2 night wknd trips, we found ourselves not bothering. So, we bought 2 solo hardside kayaks last year to get us on the water more again. We find that we can go on more quick, spur of the moment paddles now that we aren't concerned about drying the boat out before we leave. Also, the tandem is not really heavy, but it is long & requires two of us to carry it. With the 2 small ones now, we can each just grab one & go.
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