Help!! Recommended beginner double surfski???

13 years 4 months ago #2439 by kobus.strachan
Hi All,

Can anyone kindly help with some advice. My wife any I would like to start out with a double surfski and are looking for the most stable boat, but with adjustable seating / paddle arrangement. We are used to a beginner K2, such as the Accord or Yetti, and quite often do the dice at the PMB drift. Any suggestions? Many thanks.

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13 years 4 months ago - 13 years 4 months ago #2442 by txbuckeye
I don't have alot of time in the boat yet but I can certainly recommend the Custom Kayaks Apex. My wife and I just got one and are very pleased with it's design,performance, comfort and stability. It's well built and is very user friendly (easy to re-enter). The only other double I have seat time in is the Huki S2X and they are WORLDS apart both in stability and design. Others I'd look at would be the Fenn XT double.

Dave

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13 years 4 months ago #2443 by Nige
You could also look at the Red 7 Surf 80 ski, which is very stable, very comfortable and has adjustable front and back buckets. Its a very fast ski on flat water and small downwind conditions, but suffers from being too flat when the conditions get a bit wilder, although you're not likely to encounter that problem on Camps Drift!

Just be careful about handing over your money upfront to Red 7... I had a bad experience with Peter Mote when I bought my ski and paid for it in advance. I waited absolutely ages for it and then when I finally got it he sent me a glass ski instead of the Kevlar one I'd paid for, and never reimbursed the difference which he agreed to do.

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13 years 4 months ago #2444 by Seaugi
Can't comment on the Red 7 or the Huki, never paddled either. As far as I know, you can't even get a Red 7 in Canada, but I do know the Fenn xt double. Have paddled it in a variety of conditions and it was stellar. Boringly stable, yet fast and able to get on runs.

Story to go to the skis' credit. At one of our races a few weeks ago, one of our regulars brought his 8 year old daughter to race with him (she's a regular now).

While dad was working away in the front, she was sawing logs. She fell asleep in the back and stayed in. That is a stable ski.

Beg, borrow and steal the opportunity to paddle one if you can. Its worth it to try as many different ones as you can.

Sean

PS - To any parent who might think its not wise to sit in the front and not be able to see your kids. Don't worry - she was tied in with a leash. If she had fallen out while sleeping, he'd have felt the drag. Matt is strong, but not that strong. Good luck at the Mayor's Cup my friend!

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13 years 1 week ago #2828 by AndrewN
Custom Kayaks Apex, I find it almost too stable. But spend a bit extra and get a light construction one...the glass one weighs too too too much

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