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A fun starter kayak.
- Extended skeg gives the Rip smooth glide and tracking
- Comfort Flex Seat with ergonomic high seat-back takes care of your butt and back for long days of paddling
- Thigh Pads add comfort and control
- Adjustable foot pedals for customizable fit
- Cup holder holds your favorite fluid
- Stern hatch with bulkhead for plenty of dry storage
- Roomy cockpit for easy entry and exit
- Foam pillar for added flotation
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Would this kayak perform well in the bay...
Would this kayak perform well in the bay (small waves) and also lake/river (not very rough waters)? I'm a beginner and have only gone a handful of times on calm lakes/rivers while camping. But I'm ready to buy and want to have it for use in different types locations. My grandparents live right off the bay and it would be nice to take it out while visiting there, but also for camping trips. Maybe even to take out in the ocean if the water is calm enough and as I become more experienced. Does anyone have a good recommendation if this kayak may not suit my needs? Thanks
Is the skeg on the Necky Rip retractable...
Is the skeg on the Necky Rip retractable?
Necky Rip solid, lively
Bought the Necky Rip thinking my wife would prefer it over our longer Necky Manitou 13, used mostly on lakes. But once we got her a lighter carbon paddle, she preferred the Manitou for glide and narrower body. (She is petite.) I now use the Rip on rivers and -- with a homemade clamp-on rod holder -- for fishing. Good kayak for both pursuits. As advertised, the Rip glides well, and the molded keel rear helps in the wind. Bit more stable than the Manitou, and slower. The wider, higher cockpit helps in heavy lake waves, but the larger cockpit can get sloppy. A plus when hopping out on a river trip. Seals Splash Deck Kayak Spray Skirt can help, or just dress accordingly and maintain freedom of movement.
don't get RIPped
I bought the "Necky" rip because it looked like it had a comfortable seat. WRONG! I just got back from the Black Hills on my motorcycle. I rode 625 mi. in 9 hrs. just gas stops with a quick snack. When I got home to Mn. , I could have kept going and going and going. When I get into my "Necky" RIP , I'm good for about an hour.I'm going to design my own seat. Oh , I'll do it , and it will be comfortable, but it sure would be nice if the manufacturer would do it instead of me. I would NOT recomend this kayak to anyone. Save the money, buy a (perception) "swifty" . there on sale for $269. The seat in this tub is better.
How do I choose the correct length of kayak...
How do I choose the correct length of kayak for a beginner/ Woman recreational lake use? Also, should I shop for one with a rudder?
Sally, most beginners feel comfortable in a boat that is 10 to 12 feet long. Also, rudders are nice on windy days but most kayaks do not have them and you really do not need one for recreational use.
At Juniper Creek near Ocala, FL
Good starter boat
Bought this boat on recomendation of sales associate at store. It has been a good ride for 2 summers and done what I wanted. I have used it on small creeks, a lake and rivers in my area and in Florida. It has performed well except in the wind on the lake. It takes class 1's and 2's fine but a spray skirt would help keep water out of the hugh cockpit. I have noticed it is a litle slower than most other boats and really makes you paddle to keep up but you have to consider it is 10' long and sort of blunt on the bow. I have enjoyed it but am ready to move to a little larger and faster boat with an extra dry hatch for some overnight stuff. One more thing, the weight is good for lifting it up on my FJ Cruisr top.
Is this kayak to small for someone that...
Is this kayak to small for someone that is around 6'6? if so, whats a good beginner kayak for someone that height?
Hans, at your height you are going to want to be able to physically sit in a kayak and see if the foot pedals have enough travel.
new to kayaking, would you recomment this...
new to kayaking, would you recomment this boat or is there one you like better for a senior who is 5,10 and about 200lbs who plans to kayak in bay. any help would be appreciated
Generally speaking this sounds like a fine kayak for you. However, I recommend trying out a few boats before buying one. REI and other local paddle/outdoor gear shops often have free demo days. At these you can try out several different brands/styles/sizes of boats and see what works best for you. You may find that a seat made by one manufacturer is more comfortable than another.
The demo days that I've been to have had zero pressure to buy and you can get good advice from other paddlers, so it's a good way to spend an hour or two on a Saturday.
Write your question here...I'm looking for...
Write your question here...I'm looking for a kayak to use in the Gulf and tour around in the mangroves around Marco Island, FL. Have kayaked before, but never owned one. What would be the best overall kayak. Wind can be an issue on the Marco River. Thanks!
As commented previously, I highly recommend that you take advantage of free demo days to actually try different boats in various conditions. There is a remarkable difference. I own 2 kayaks (and 3 canoes) and demoing really helped me get comfortable with a choice. Our 10' Riot is a fun, comfortable rec boat, but our Necky Manitou 14 (14'-8") is our boat of choice, hands-down. Speed, tracking, ease-of-paddling, but still very stable. Demoed Prijon, P&H, Perception, Wilderness Sys, Current Designs, Epic, Necky and more. Try some - you'll have fun and learn a lot!