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Help, as I need to buy a couple of low cost kayaks

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:06 am
by Danepak
I'm part of a society, who owns a house up near Goat Island.
I've been told to get hold of two kayaks.
We rent the house out all the time, so the kayaks will be used several times per week.
My question is: Will a $200 2nd hand kayak be adequate? Can a kayak break?
Sorry, might be a daft question, but I know nothing about kayaks.

Would something like this be acceptable? Or are there any thing to look out for.
https://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/kayaks ... 3bc3783605

We really don't need anything flash.
Just don't want it to break...

Re: Help, as I need to buy a couple of low cost kayaks

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:04 pm
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Adults or kids?
Just pottering in and around the rocks, or further afield?

As a general play boat exploring the coast, I would probably recommend something like Ocean Kayak Mysto or Viking Frenzy for that price.

Poly kayaks are effectively indestructible, keep them out of the UV if possible and you'll get decades.

Re: Help, as I need to buy a couple of low cost kayaks

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:47 pm
by Danepak
They're generally for adults and large kids.
Yes, just around the rocks in the Leigh area.

Re: Help, as I need to buy a couple of low cost kayaks

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:59 pm
by Hairy Little Dwarf
I think the one you linked to would be too small (buoyancy-wise) for an adult.

You should probably avoid any ancient fibreglass boats on that budget unless you have someone who can give them the once-over for you, stick with poly for your purposes. $200 is a very low budget really, so you may be shopping for a while.

You could try the kayak rental places, they may have ex-hire boats being replaced as they move into the summer season.

Don't forget the PFD/lifejackets... :y:

Re: Help, as I need to buy a couple of low cost kayaks

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:29 am
by Danepak
Thanks for all the info