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I'm planning on purchasing a kayak for my future camping trips. The problem I am coming across is , I'm after a sit in as most of its use will be travelling to and from camping sites. As I'm reasonably tall and weigh 125kg,I have found it difficult to find one that has enough storage room,under $1000 and one within my weight perimeters. I did however come across this one that I like the look of. What would your thoughts be on this?

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Kayak-Single-Ocean-Sea-Or-Touring-Kayak-C-W-Rudder-BD-In-Bubble-Wrap-/301011115196?pt=AU_Sport_Boating_Water_Sports_Watercraft&hash=item4615a91cbc&_uhb=1
 
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The yak in the post will be enough storage for multi day trips if you pack sensible. I recommend that you sit in any boat that you want to buy before pulling the trigger. I had a yak like the one in the post and it served me well for many trips.
 

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not a bad price Russell, kayaks can vary in price but so can the quality on occasion, now not saying this is a bad one you spotted, it sure looks the goods

and yes you need to try out a fit before you purchase, if your tall it can be a bit awkward getting long legs in, tho the seat area looks a good size.

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ps we have Hobie Mirage Revolutions, NOT cheap but come with ALL the goods, Paddle, Peddle or Sail
 

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+1 for test sitting in any kayak before buying. Especially with a sit-in. I've paddled a heap of different kayaks over the years. Some have been fine and some have been absolutely horrible. One that springs to mind had plenty of leg length and width for my hips but the deck was really low and forced my knees down flat. After just 1/2hr I was in extreme pain but I had to paddle it all day on a course.
 

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Stupid question , can you sit in them in the shop? Ideally I would like a water test but that may not always be possible.
 

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Some shops let you test paddle them. I think there is a Hobie dealer down at Cooroy that lets you test paddle them on Lake MacDonald.
 

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anaconda, well the bigger stores usually have a test water pool, my local one does.......

some of the specialist stores will let you try before you buy also, just a matter of asking......
 

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Several kayak and camp shops here in Perth do paddle try-out days on the river. Maybe look for someone in your area that does the same. The only way to find out, as far as I am concerned, is to risk getting your own bum wet. :)
 

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I'm planning on purchasing a kayak for my future camping trips. The problem I am coming across is , I'm after a sit in as most of its use will be travelling to and from camping sites. As I'm reasonably tall and weigh 125kg,I have found it difficult to find one that has enough storage room,under $1000 and one within my weight perimeters. I did however come across this one that I like the look of. What would your thoughts be on this?

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Kayak-Single-Ocean-Sea-Or-Touring-Kayak-C-W-Rudder-BD-In-Bubble-Wrap-/301011115196?pt=AU_Sport_Boating_Water_Sports_Watercraft&hash=item4615a91cbc&_uhb=1

Try giving Steve Cooper from Q-Kayaks a call - great bloke, very enthusiastic and good prices ... no connection other than I purchased my kayak from him and am very happy with the price, service and back-up. (He even offered for me to take it for a paddle before purchasing it!!) FYI - he's an accomplished kayaker too.


http://q-kayaks.co.nz/index.php?id=australia-specials
 

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Just my 2c but if you are not experienced with kayaks I would suggest hiring a few different types and getting a good bit of experience with a few designs before buying. I bought my first kayak off ebay and after only a few trips out I knew I had wasted my money. I ended up building my own with my own specs (not that you necessarily need to do that). Some kayak hire places also sell new ones and will come to a deal of reducing the purchase price if you hire from them first.
 
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