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I like the idea of "try before you buy", but I'm skeptical of a short paddle before deciding on a new kayak. That short paddle won't show you how you'll feel after a couple of hours of paddling (with wind and current), casting, and generally sitting in one position for a looooong time. You also won't get the experience of hefting the 'yak around to load it and move it from place to place.

I'd also point out that attributes that may make you nervous for the first 10 minutes become very dear to you when paddling a long haul- after you get a feel for the boat. Like a narrow kayak with iffy primary stability becomes a speed demon, much appreciated on a long day. On the flipside, a battleship that feels great for a 15 minute test ride becomes a handicap after an hour or so of trying to keep up with your buddies.

IMO, if you can find a place that has rentals or loaners, that's a far sight better than tossing the kayak into a calm, local pond and paddling around for a short test.

So I have never made a secret of my suggestion to buy a used 'yak for an extended test before ponying up the $$$ for a new one. If you then decide you need a new one, keep the used one for a spare (handy when friends come to visit), or sell it on for about what you paid for it.
#2294896
you will also not likely find a dealer who will try to sell you a narrow, fast, low-primary-stability kayak, because they're pushing stand up stability and tall seating at the expense of everything else.
Read some threads on the forum like this one:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=249616&p=2284329
Many of the older boats discussed on this thread can be found for a few hundred $ or less.
also thread questions about new boats in New to Kayaking, New to Fishing and Saltwater, especially if saltwater is your goal.

A stable tall sit-up boat may be just the thing if you goal is short paddles in little water.
Some boats excel in the river, some for sit-up high bass-type fishing, some for traveling distance in wind - they're usually different qualities that make different boats excel at one or the other.

that narrow kayak thing, IMO averts the need for a tall seat, because it's narrow enough you can fish sitting up with your legs straddling the hull, which gives you really good stability - you only need your feet in one place inside the boat to travel.
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#2294943
Unfortunately you missed the ACK events this fall. I went to two in a row, paddled many kayaks before making my choice. There was no time limit on how long you stayed out. After the first I had narrowed down to a couple and spent a lot of time on both. I did things like rock side to side, pretend to fish, etc. I would think it would be difficult to find a company that will let you "borrow". The other option is a lot of friends, but even then, time may be limited.
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atcNick wrote:I’d really like to try a kayak out to make sure I’m happy before I buy.... I’ve heard of some stores having events that you can come out and try out several... anything like that happening in Houston Galveston or Dallas?


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Looks like ACK in Spring rescheduled their demo day to Nov 3. in Conroe from their original date due to rain/flooding conditions.

It's not on their website, but it's announced on Facebook: Click
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Ron Mc wrote:
Neumie wrote:[
Looks like ACK in Spring rescheduled their demo day to Nov 3. in Conroe from their original date due to rain/flooding conditions.

It's not on their website, but it's announced on Facebook: Click


Josh, might want to send him that in a pm in case he gets an e-mail notification for it

Good idea.
East Flats - Nov 1, 2019

thanks, bro

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