Kayak Wanted for Newbie - Roughly $500-600 budget

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bmac
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:41 am

This is all new to me, but after a few adventures I am after my first kayak.
This one needs to be multi purpose, mainly for light coastal fishing, exploring, a bit of kayak surfing and big enough to have one of the kids (under 5y.o) sit in front to show them around.
I really like the look of the Viking Espri Angler, seems to tick the boxes above.
Hoping to pick up something with a few accessories, which is ready to go. The money I save from buying new is for roof racks.
Budget is approx. $500-600

Open to suggestion, and comments if you think my choice of kayak may not be the best one.

Thanks in advance.
bmac.
(Based in Red Beach, Whangaparaoa, Auckland)

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MikeAqua
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:14 pm

The Espri is great to fish out of and surfs well. It might be a bit awkward with a kid sitting in front of you while paddling.
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bmac
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:29 pm

Thanks Mike - I appreciate the feedback, gives me a bit of confidence in my choice of kayak. With the kids, it will be more about shallow estuaries and just getting them keen for starters.

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MikeAqua
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:08 pm

bmac wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:29 pm
Thanks Mike - I appreciate the feedback, gives me a bit of confidence in my choice of kayak. With the kids, it will be more about shallow estuaries and just getting them keen for starters.
It'll be great for estuaries. My Espri was used heaps by the kids on the Ruakaka Estuary.
"No good story begins with a salad"
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eynon
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Kayak Make: Ocean Kayak
Kayak Model: Prowler 4.7
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Location: Papakura

Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:19 am

I have an espri and my dad has two. great kayak and very maneuverable.

taken my mum and dad out on it for their first times on a sot kayak and made them paddle around pakihi island from waitawa a 14km trip.
(not much complaints about soreness :D )

sits a little low in the water with me on it but I'm a big boy. ;( be alright if load is less then 105kg. so it's what the missus uses when we go out.

picked mine up for 400 but seen them as low as 300. 900 for two etc.. pretty flash red and black one on trademe atm for 700

prowler 13s can be gotten pretty cheap as well if you keep looking for a deal.

also heard good things about the Viking 2+1. maybe better if your gonna be taking passengers
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MikeAqua
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:38 pm

2+1 is a bit of barge IMO.

I would rather have a Tempo 2 (if a used one can be found in the right price range).
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awondering
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Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:31 am

The 2+1 if paddled by one it is a very dry ride, as you move the rear seat forward to a moulded area that's lightly elevated, sits solid in the water...

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