Personalised Kayak Recommendation – 1

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Example - 68yo Woman with Motorhome, 1-2 Hour Trips on Flat Water

Physical
Height of Paddler(s): 164cm
Weight of Paddler(s): 73kg
Age of paddler: 68
Physicality – how strong and flexible are you? reasonable
Do you have any issues eg. bad back? no

Other Activities:
Will you be taking your dog(s) paddling? Never
Will you be taking small children paddling with you? Occasionally
Do you want to fish from your kayak? Never

Water conditions:
What kind of water will you be paddling on? Flat water, eg lakes, Estuaries

Your paddling intentions:
How long will your paddling trips be? An hour or two
Do you want to paddle solo or tandem (ie do you want a single kayak or a double kayak)?: Single

Paddling Experience:
Only a couple of times on a hired kayak. I have a motorhome and looking for an inflatable kayak that doesn’t weigh too much or take up a heap of space. I am looking for a stable one with the possibility of taking a grandchild out with me – shes 11 yrs old.

Example - 55yo Couple Want 2 Solo Kayaks for Full and Half Day Paddling Trips

Physical
Height of Paddler(s): 1720mm
Weight of Paddler(s): 60 + 90kg 2 of us
Age of Paddler(s): 55
Physicality – how strong and flexible are you? strong enough, reasonably fit
Do you have any issues eg. bad back? no

Other Activities:
Will you be taking your dog(s) paddling? Never
Will you be taking small children paddling with you? Never
Do you want to fish from your kayak? Never

Water conditions:
What kind of water will you be paddling on? Gentle rivers (Class II rapids or less), Flat water, eg lakes, Estuaries

Your paddling intentions:
How long will your paddling trips be? Full day, Half day
Do you want to paddle solo or tandem (ie do you want a single kayak or a double kayak)?: Single

Paddling Experience:
no not really, hired once or twice.

Looking to buy 2 kayaks, preferably single.

Example - 40yo Couple Want a Tandem Kayak for Open Ocean

Physical
Height of Paddler(s): 185cm, 165cm
Weight of Paddler(s): 80kg, 60kg
Age of paddler: 40+
Physicality – how strong and flexible are you? Strong and flexible enough for our age 🙂
Do you have any issues eg. bad back? Nothing of note

Other Activities:
Will you be taking your dog(s) paddling? Never
Will you be taking small children paddling with you? Never
Do you want to fish from your kayak? Occasionally

Water conditions:
What kind of water will you be paddling on? Gentle rivers (Class II rapids or less), Flat water, eg lakes, Estuaries, Open Ocean

Your paddling intentions:
How long will your paddling trips be? An hour or two
Do you want to paddle solo or tandem (ie do you want a single kayak or a double kayak)?: Double

Paddling Experience:
Not a lot.
Have used hard body, 2 person, sit on top kayak and fished from it without too much trouble.
Have used the really basic sit-in style canoes that you get for hire at caravan parks.
But we’re effectively beginners.

Example - Mixed-Experience Couple Want a Tandem Kayak for Multi-Day Expeditions

Physical
Height of Paddler(s): 6ft and 5ft 6
Weight of Paddler(s): 95kg and 85kg
Age of paddler:
Physicality – how strong and flexible are you? Reasonably strong
Do you have any issues eg. bad back?

Other Activities:
Will you be taking your dog(s) paddling? Never
Will you be taking small children paddling with you? Never
Do you want to fish from your kayak? Never

Water conditions:
What kind of water will you be paddling on? Gentle rivers (Class II rapids or less), Flat water, eg lakes

Your paddling intentions:
How long will your paddling trips be? Multi-day expeditions
Do you want to paddle solo or tandem (ie do you want a single kayak or a double kayak)?: Double

Paddling Experience:
I have a 5m ocean kayak and have extensive experience, my husband is a nervous kayaker with very little experience

How does the kayak recommendation work?

Firstly I look at your height and weight. If you are very tall and/or very heavy, some of our kayaks will not be suitable for you.

Secondly, I look at what kind of water you are paddling on.

For example, if you are going to be kayaking in open ocean, your kayak recommendation would need to include kayaks with inflatable coaming so you can use a spray skirt, or sit-on-top kayaks.

Next, I need to consider how long your trips will be. If you are only going paddling for an hour or so, I am more likely to recommend a kayak that is very quick to set up. If you are going on a multi-day expedition, I am going to recommend a kayak that is comfortable, stable, fast and has a huge weight capacity for gear.

Combined with these factors is your physical ability. Some of our kayaks are quite heavy and would be difficult for a very small person to lift. Also, some of our kayaks are more supportive in the back than others, and some are easier to get in and out of.

Next, I look at your experience. If you are a beginner, your kayak recommendation is not going to include tippy kayaks – I would be sticking with the stable ones that are easy to paddle. Conversely, if you have had quite a bit of paddling experience, I am going to recommend our fastest kayaks and not worry so much about stability.

Obviously, I need to consider if you want a solo or tandem. But sometimes, people are okay with letting me recommend, OR giving advice as to which is more suitable.

Lastly, I need your name and email address to be able to send you the kayak recommendation. If you could add your phone number, that would be great, because sometimes the email address bounce (this means the email address is wrong) and I have no way of letting you know if there is not a phone number. It’s also handy because sometimes people forget to answer a critical question and I can follow up before doing the kayak recommendation.