I need some input from the veteran WaterTribe kayakers. (actually, all Tribers) I am having difficulty finding a kayak that fits me, and meets the needs of doing a challenge which is my goal. I have a Seda Viking, an older 1990 model, and have enjoyed that for the last 10 years. Very stable kayak, but not enough storage for a longer challenge. Here is my story:
I bought a Current Designs Solstice GTS. Awesome paddling kayak, and very fast. The cockpit opening is very small. I am not a really big guy, but am 6’2” and 190, and had great difficulty getting in and out without dumping. Had a rudder, never had a kayak with a rudder so had challenges there too. Stability was a challenge as it’s a very narrow kayak. Sold!
I bought a Current Designs Gulfstream. Again, a great paddling kayak, fast but not as fast as the Solstice. The cockpit was a bit larger than the Solstice so entry and exit was better, but could never get the seating system to my comfort level and the cockpit opening was still too tight. Has a deployable skeg which was great for tracking. Sold!
Now I have a Seda Glider. A great paddling kayak, cockpit opening is the same as the Viking so entry and exit is no problem. Has a rudder. My challenge with this one is the stability and the rudder. I have concluded I don’t like having to mess with a rudder. I have also concluded that if I am not comfortable with the stability, it won’t work. Still have Glider, but will likely be on the block soon.
My questions to the Tribe are:
What Kayaks types are big enough for a challenge yet have the width for stability? (I realize I will give up speed for stability)
Do you really think a rudder is a must? (Don’t have a sail and don’t intend to have one)
Any other advice on kayaks with a larger cockpit opening, good stability, and enough storage for a challenge?
Thank you! NativeSon/Ken