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PostPosted: February 7th, 2018, 10:26 pm 
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Hi folks,
I'm looking for a couple of used kayaks to add to my fleet for students to use in my the kayak lessons that I teach. My budget is up to $1000 per kayak, but what I'm willing to pay depends on the kayak and the condition. Plastic kayaks are OK and I don't mind doing some repairs if the condition of the rest of the kayak warrants it and the price makes it worthwhile.

I'm looking for novice-friendly 14' to 18' kayaks with 2 bulkheads and decent outfitting (good decklines, a decent seat, thigh braces, etc.). Day trippers to tripping kayaks will be considered.

Here are a few examples of kayaks that at some point for some reason or other I thought might make good additions to my fleet:
  • Wilderness Systems Tempest 170
  • WS Tsunami 165
  • WS Tsunami 145
  • WS Zephyr 160
  • Perception Expression 15
  • Current Designs Sirocco/Gulfstream
  • Boreal/Seaward Chinook
  • NDK Explorer
  • Black Pearl LV - OK, just seeing if you were paying attention

I already have a couple of kayaks that fit smaller folk well (WS Tempest 165 & a cedar-strip Guillemot) and the place I rent from has one or two more to fit smaller people, so I'm mostly interested in kayaks to fit the average & large paddler. I would consider adding one more small kayak to the fleet (e.g. Necky Eliza, WS Zephyr 155) if it was a great kayak and the price was too good to pass up.

I am also interested in suggestions for great teaching kayaks that I should keep an eye out for.

I'm not interested in Pungos or anything made by Pelican or anything sold at a Canadian Tire or box store.

I'm in Saskatchewan, but I'll be heading across Manitoba, Ontario, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan this summer (yeah, big road trip coming up :)), with a canoe & kayak trailer in tow. So at this point I'm mostly interested in kayaks not too far from home, but as I get closer to summer I'll get more and more interested in buying kayaks en route to Fort Coulonge & back.

Cheers,
Bryan
bryan@coldspringpaddling.com or PM me.

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PostPosted: February 8th, 2018, 6:54 am 
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Good Morning Brian,

I have two Impex Kayaks that I would sell. I am in Petawawa so you will be very close to me. I am getting old so I have to look at the models and get back to you. I brought them a couple years ago in Ottawa with the idea to start a lot of Kayaking.....lol. They are in very good condition. I need deck lines for one. They certainly were higher end Kayaks a few years ago.

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PostPosted: March 28th, 2018, 12:14 pm 
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If you’re still looking, my son has a current design that is in great condition. It’s been stored in my garage in Southern Ontario since new. Let me know and I’ll provide additional info.

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PostPosted: April 12th, 2018, 11:11 am 
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Thanks for the responses Brad & Kevin. I had chatted back in February with Kevin via email, so I haven't been ignoring this post as much as it looks like I had.
This week I finally got a price on a demo Wilderness Systems Zephyr from the local dealer. It's a good deal so I decided to take them up on the offer. I might still be interested in adding one more kayak to the fleet, but now that I have one secured, the pressure is off a bit to find another.
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PostPosted: April 18th, 2018, 12:21 pm 
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Bryan;
We have a Necky Eliza. it’s my wife’s boat. And it’s barely used. With spray skirt. Plastic
$1000.00 $CA
Located in Canmore
Can get it as far as Regina end of May.
Hugh.

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PostPosted: April 18th, 2018, 1:41 pm 
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Thanks Hugh, the Eliza has a great reputation as one of the best kayaks out there for paddlers with a smaller frame. The price looks very fair for a kayak in decent shape. However, with the purchase of the WS Zephyr, I now have more than enough kayaks for the smaller paddler, and not enough for the large fellows. So, I think that I would need to pass on the Eliza.
I hope you find a great home for it. Someone should snap up this deal. If you don't find a good response here, check westcoastpaddler.com. I'm tempted to buy it anyway and resell it if I can't use it, but I should probably just let someone else take it that can use it.
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