Looking at possibly getting our family of 5 kayaks. We are not looking at whitewater kayaking by any stretch of the imagination. These will be used mostly on small streams and/or lakes. Only a couple will be used for fishing the others will be just recreation. Also not looking to break the bank as you all know when you take 5x a number it can start to look large. LOL. I could see these getting used a dozen times a summer if they are lucky.
I see Dunham Sports has some kayaks in the $150 to $250 dollar range. Will these do what we need? Obviously they won't have all the bells and whistles, but just wondering if they will serve their purpose. If not what do you recommend.
Traditions only last if you pass them down to your kids!
I'm far from being an expert. I have a sit on 11 foot Stealth Angler. I've had a few scares on the water with other water craft so I'd be afraid to have a kayak where my legs are shoved under a part of the boat. If I roll over my legs or feet are not stuck in the boat. It may be 100 degrees out but I still wear a PFD.
My family has 5 kayaks, only 1 is a sit-on top (mine). Kids don't have an issue with sit-ins, but my wife does. Getting in and out is a lot easier with the sit-on top. Sooo....looks like we'll be getting another sit-on top.
I never tried an inflatable but have watched others and they look very tipsy compare to a sit in.
We spend most of our summer weekends on lake shores as a family kayaking and picnicing with friends. We never took anyone that didn't have a blast.
Those $150-$250 kayaks are great for just getting started and you won't feel guilty if you didn't have them on the water for a few weeks. You may be able to hold off a year if you have children under age 6. Both my kids rode with one of us until that age or right around 50 lbs. At that point it's a struggle and their weight really affects your paddling. We have 3 kayaks and a paddle board which may be another idea. My daughter is 9 and she loves to sit on the front of the paddle board and jump off ( with a life jacket on of course). My son paddles himself on it and jumps off and climbs back on. It's not great for traveling long distances but def fun.
I recommend a 12' over a 10' and look for deep hull kayaks they track much better and are easier to paddle at any age. when the young ones get tired of paddling we just clip a rope to her and tow her around.
Best of luck in your shopping. Dicks usually runs some great deals just before Memorial Day and there CC are interest free for either 6 mo or a year depending on the amount you spend.
I know its a little later but Dunhams runs a sale near 4th of July sometimes. I had friends go up last year and get the pelican se(I believe)paddles, and life jackets for just a tad over 200 when all was said and done.
I personally have a future beach 126. Dihedral hul, 2 rod mounts, 2 compartments. Was regularly 450 on sale for 370. It had scratches on it from shipping talked the guy at Dicks sporting goods down to just 260. On its third year and still floats like the first day I had it, just with a lot more scratches/gouges in it.