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PostPosted: June 17th, 2020, 2:47 pm 
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Another good kid-sized kayak is the Wilderness Systems Tsunami SP. It fits kids up to about 12, but you might need to remove the thigh braces. The thigh braces are a bit restricting on that kayak making for an odd fit if the kid is not quite small. Other than the thigh braces, it's a fantastic kayak. Sadly, it's not made anymore. I own one and I've used it for my own kids, niece & nephews, and many kids in lessons.

I've also built a fuselage framed Yost Sea Flea. Your youngest would still fit that kayak, but you might look at a larger version as they'll soon grow out of the Sea Flea. These kayaks are great kayaks that are pretty easy to build if you don't mind a DIY project. The Sea Pup might be a good choice (http://www.yostwerks.org/SeaPup00.html). The Yost kayaks can be built as folders or as wood-framed kayaks. The latter is what I built and it was easy, fast & cheap to build, it's light yet tough and it performs great.

http://www.yostwerks.org/

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PostPosted: June 17th, 2020, 4:23 pm 
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pawistik wrote:
Another good kid-sized kayak is the Wilderness Systems Tsunami SP. It fits kids up to about 12


Thank you, I was racking my brain for that more-modern-model kid-sized kayak and coming up short.

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https://www.rei.com/product/750644/wild ... i-sp-kayak


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PostPosted: June 18th, 2020, 11:33 pm 
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I suggest that you look for sit-on-top kayaks for your kids, because sit-on-top kayaks are a lot safer than sit-inside kayaks. If one of your kids tips over a sit-inside kayak, and they don't have a spray skirt and a solid roll, they will be in a lot of trouble, and won't be able to get the kayak emptied out and get back into it without help from one or more experienced kayakers. If one of your kids tips over a sit-on-top kayak, they can right it, climb back on top of it, and paddle away.

My basis for making this recommendation is that I have 35 years of whitewater kayaking experience, and I also do extensive amounts of fishing, including ocean fishing, from a sit-on-top kayak. And my opinion is that unless you have a solid roll, a sit-on-top is a lot safer than a sit-inside.


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PostPosted: June 19th, 2020, 10:16 am 
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pmmpete, by your logic, the vast majority of kayakers should only ever be paddling sit on top kayaks. Rolling is a great rescue skill, but it is far from the only rescue skill.

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PostPosted: June 19th, 2020, 1:11 pm 
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pmmpete wrote:
I suggest that you look for sit-on-top kayaks for your kids, because sit-on-top kayaks are a lot safer than sit-inside kayaks. If one of your kids tips over a sit-inside kayak, and they don't have a spray skirt and a solid roll, they will be in a lot of trouble, and won't be able to get the kayak emptied out and get back into it without help from one or more experienced kayakers. If one of your kids tips over a sit-on-top kayak, they can right it, climb back on top of it, and paddle away.

My basis for making this recommendation is that I have 35 years of whitewater kayaking experience, and I also do extensive amounts of fishing, including ocean fishing, from a sit-on-top kayak. And my opinion is that unless you have a solid roll, a sit-on-top is a lot safer than a sit-inside.


Pete, I can appreciate that. A dry scupper-hole plugged SOT is safer for kid paddlers to oops capsize and remount.

A reliable roll may come later. The first thing we did with the boys and the Piccolo was (warm water base camped) teach them how to pull the spray skirt webbing loop and wet exit.

We started with them out swimming from the cockpit with no spray skirt, and moved onto wearing a skirt and making damn certain the pull loop wasn’t tucked inside the skirt inaccessible, standing alongside waist deep in case they needed help. They popped out like corks in either guise.

Somewhere I have a photo of my younger son, age 7 or 8 in the Piccolo, wearing a shit eating grin, ready to try another wet exit

That wet exit exercise was a confidence boost. We did the same warm water exercise with tandem canoe re-entries. Serious base camping fun. Ok, we probably couldn’t have re-entered the canoes in wave conditions that would have dumped us, but, again, it was fun practice, and a confidence boost.


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PostPosted: June 19th, 2020, 6:50 pm 
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the kids on Monhegan send off each ferry with a group jump in cold water, 20 feet up into the water. . The kids would probably have a ball in protected waters with SOT's.

Later on when they have some basic paddling skills they can move up


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