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X minor 06-01-2002 08:39 PM

New to kayaking, have questions.
Let me start out by saying I have only been in a kayak once so I don't have very much experience with them.
At my local water there was a scout group kayaking in the water I was fishing.I asked the group leader about the stability of the kayaks for fishing and he offered to let me try his out for a while.
It seemed very stable to fish out of on still water.I have canoed in class2 rivers with dismal results.A lot of tip overs and gear recovery ;)
The model I tried was called the 'Dagger Delta' It had steering pedals and decent cargo space.I don't know how well I could handle it on the class 2 river,but it looks to be a lot more stable than a death
The guide told me that the 'Dagger Delta' was available at a local dealer for around $400-500.
My question to you is;
Would this be a good choice for a beginning kayaker?
I definitely don't want to spend more than $500.
If I could pick up a tandem model for not too much more that would be even better,as my girlfriend likes to float/fish as well.If the stability/cargo would not be sacraficed too much.

Roop 06-03-2002 03:36 PM

First, welcome to the Forum.

Second, I have no idea how that yak would work for you. If there is anywhere around there where you can rent different yaks & try them out I would. That's what I did and it gave me the education I needed to buy with confidence when a good sale came along.

Try the other kayak/ paddle review boards but make sure you take everyones advice witha grain of salt like, "I took my ocean touring kayak down class III rapids without a problem and then used it to paddle 15 miles in the ocean + surf up onto the beach with no problem..."

Try before you buy.

Good luck & let us know how you make out.


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