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A first time kayaker 1 month 3 days ago #1

Hello,
Yes, I'm a newby. I went to a birthday party at a lake and everyone there had brought their kayaks. I am interested in buying one. I want a sit IN kayak, but I'm needing one with a capacity over 300 pounds, and I need a wide cockpit area, like 22 + or more. I'm wanting to keep the cost under $500.00. I'm really needing some recommendations. Thank you all so much.
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A first time kayaker 1 month 20 hours ago #2


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First off - welcome to the board. Secondly, I see that you have been thinking about Kayaks and thinking about what your requirements are for a boat. So far so good.

Since you are a self proclaimed "First Time Kayaker", tell us why you think that you want a Sit-in vs a sit on top boat? This forum also specializes in Fishing type boats, are you planning on fishing out of your kayak or just having fun with your friends?

Here is a short YouT video about sit in vs sit on top kayaks for a fishing application:

Many go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish that they are after. Henry David Thoreau
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A first time kayaker 1 month 2 hours ago #3


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I would recommend a sit on top no matter what you are going to be doing. I've had both. Trust me you don't want to have to deal with flipping over a sit inside in water that is too deep to touch bottom even on a good day. The boat will fill up. It's a pain to flip back over when full. It's really hard to do a deep water re entry. It's hard to swim back to shore dragging a boat full of water. And, not every situation is perfect, there's not always a place to get to shore that's adequate enough to deal with a flooded yak. Trust me if you've never had one get a sit on top. You will not regret the decision. And, I don't care what anyone says about sit insides, they may protect you from the wind a little bit, but YOU'RE GOING TO GET WET!!! With a sit on top, you can pretty much dress for any condition and be fine. If it's nice & warm out, shorts & a shirt. If it's cold, windy, & wet just wear rain gear with appropriate layered clothes underneath. It's a year round sport if you want it to be. I really can't think of any advantage that a sit inside would have over a sit on top that can't be easily overcome with appropriate clothing & scupper plugs. The only exception would be white water rapids & sit insides especially designed for that which are a completely different animal.

That being said, it's going to be hard to find a lot with that weight capacity in that price range. For a beginer setup with that price & weight capacity though I would suggest checking out the big box stores like Acadeny Sport or Dicks Sporting Goods. Maybe get something like this.

www.academy.com/shop/pdp/heritage-angler-10-10-ft-sit-on-top-angler-kayak#repChildCatid=5098536

Yes it's a sit on top, but it has a low seat, and a lot of features for it's price really. It would be a good beginner yak especially if you plan on fishing out of it.
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A first time kayaker 1 month 33 minutes ago #4


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If you want to make your boat fish in all seasons, do a search under the "Kayaking rule of 120". There was a recent discussion on dry suits here: www.yakangler.com/forum/25-answer-bag/35489-dry-suit

Dress to swim, rig to flip is a good mantra for us kayakers.

On reasonably priced boat with good carrying capacity and decent weight ratings boat of these boats I find interesting:

I've seen this one just over $600:

And this one under $550:

On specific boats here is another nice little video from Chad:

Many go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish that they are after. Henry David Thoreau
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