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OK, so maybe this isn't hiking related, but if I include some camping overnighters, then I think I can post the questions here.

I'm considering purchasing a kayak and would like some advice from those that know.
I have some general ideas.....recreational type 12-14 feet, probably a single. This will be used mostly for rivers and ponds, nothing extreme (no white water stuff for now anyway), no inflatable types and preferably a V shape hull.
Any suggestions?
I'd also like to check on dry cargo space for the next question....

Anybody done any cool kayak/camping trips or have any suggestions? I'd love to try the Pemi or something similar that offers 1 or 2 nights of paddling and camping.
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I know nothing about kayaks. I'm a canoer and have done many canoe trip overnighters. However, living here in the Whites I see many, many kayaks. On roof racks and in the water. There are really nothing above a class 3 current here, except perhaps on the Swift River in April/early May.

What I do see is not giant sea-type 14' kayaks up here. I see small, 6-8 footers in rivers and ponds. About 3 years ago I noticed they were downsized and still continue to be.

When you get the chance see http://www.emersonoutdoors.com or stop at Wilderness Sports, 212 Main St., Gorham 603.466.9990. There must be a valid reason why almost all kayaks used here (100's) are 8' or less. It must be very exhilarating to feel like you are sitting in a bathtub shooting down a fast paced river at 50 mph. That's excitement!
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Thanks Magic.
You're right. those smaller kayaks are for more extreme water, and I have neither the experience or desire to do that......yet.
But paddling down a smooth river doing an overnighter by camping on the banks sounds very appealing to me.

Did I mention that the yak has to have storage enough to hold a case of Double Bag? :wink:

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I tried a kayak for the first time this week on Lake Sunapee and found it to be quite a blast. I just might have to look into one. We don'y have many lakes or ponds near where I live but I'm sure I could find places to go. Is a two seater kayak as stable as a one seater?


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Just today I saw an older man get out of a pick-up truck with a small yak. I asked him lots of q's about it. He said the smaller, wider ones are more stable than the longer, thinner ones. He was also 250+ lbs. He only uses it for fishing. Said he used to use a canoe until he tried a yak out.

Long Trail double bag is very nice. I'm enjoying one now as I watch the Sox vs Twins. Things are looking great. Wonder what's going to happen or not to Manny R.

Cal we've got to discuss Adams. What time do we meet and do we have to hid our cars so the others don't know we are there. Surprise!


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Bill, send Rob a PM on this, he has an ocean kayak and has done a ton of research on them. He would be happy to write you a very thorough response, I'm sure!
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Looks like the Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 is the winner!

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