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    Question Looking at Kayaks

    I am looking at getting two kayaks. We live near lakes and rivers where they could be used. But we are actually interested in riding surf along the coast and doing some light coastal kayaking.

    My first thought is to get a SOT kayak - easy to bail on and get back up on especially if riding surf. They are also fairly stable and self draining. I do realize that you get more water on you with these but I never have to worry about cockpits filling up on roll overs. I also do not expect to do any long distance touring - typically 2-3 hours max.

    Few I have looked at:

    Ocean Kayak Frenzy
    Sun Dolphin Bali
    Cobra Strike
    Dagger Kaos



    Any thoughts pro or con are appreciated!
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    I have a Frenzy and love it. It is great for surf use. I have no problems flipping off and climbing back on it.
    Prior to this I had a sit in that I would surf in. Unless you are real good at rolling, it gets real old real fast swimming it to shore and draining it.

    I am not familar with the other ones you posted, but I would make sure it has a nice pointy front, rather than a blunt nose. I had rented a sit on top that had a less pointy tip. It was not as good at slicing through the surf when paddling out.

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    One thing to be aware of with SOT's is they are very good at catching the wind and can become difficult to maneuver, particularly the shorter ones. I've towed more than one SOT where a calm day suddenly turned blustery and they could not get back to shore. Point being, know their limitations and keep within them. They can be fun in the surf!

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    I'd just go demo both SOT and Sit-In, wherever, as much as possible....
    Volume keeps one on top(duh), but a bit too little and a small volume bow can noseplant you when fighting the undertow from in tight against big waves. Might've just been my lack of experience/control....but fwiw..
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    LL Bean is doing a big sale this weekend. So is EMS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    LL Bean is doing a big sale this weekend. So is EMS.
    LL Bean actually has some good prices! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    LL Bean actually has some good prices! Thanks!
    I think I saw 20% off this weekend, which is a VERY good sale. You want to act quickly though because they will sell out very fast. Boats used to NEVER go on sale except in December for rentals or blems.
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    Fwiw...might wanna check out KitteryTradingPost's prices....and MountainManOutdoors's OldForge and Saratoga stores are having PaddleFests sometime. Easy to check out online. I know the OldForge(NY) one is later in May....with Saratoga's around the corner...
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    Dicks Sporting Goods is also having a 20% off Sale. Just checked their prices!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    Dicks Sporting Goods is also having a 20% off Sale. Just checked their prices!
    Thats where I bought ours, on their opening day in Nashua.....Love that store !

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