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Old 11-24-2020, 02:32 PM
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So I have taken my son out on my kayak a few times, and he really seemed to enjoy it. I知 thinking about getting him his own kayak for Christmas. He痴 turning 6 in a few weeks. Any advice? I知 thinking something between 6-9 feet in length and sit on top. I値l probably attach a line to the front so I can tow him along if he gets tired. Any other advice?
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My daughter had a lifetime which was great for smaller kids.

https://www.ebay.com/i/363112889539?...id=93543140541
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They make some with a back rest.

https://www.amazon.com/Lifetime-90787-Youth-Kayak-Glacier/dp/B07PL2C4M3/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA-_L9BRBQEiwA-bm5fhPxH4WMSGz4G3UyNbh4kwEaRxwD6X0Ou0-AXftZ6rvz87
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Thanks guys. Those look like nice affordable options.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
My daughter had a lifetime which was great for smaller kids.

https://www.ebay.com/i/363112889539?...id=93543140541
These are great. I have two of them and been using them with my kids for three years with the youngest starting at 6. They are surprisingly stable and the kids get the paddling down pretty quick.

Just be careful of wind and current. Little kids aren't strong paddlers.

We often anchor near islands and the kids take ziplock bags to shore and collect shells and sea glass by themselves. Makes it nice that they are entertained and my wife and I can relax while they are at the beach. We make sure they keep life jackets on at all times for safety even thought they are both strong swimmers and that they stay with in eye site of us.

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More important then kayak is the paddle. A six year old can not handle a normal 220 cm paddle. Cheap paddles are heavy also I would order custom lightweight short Werner paddle. Or customize an adult paddle
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Kayaks can and do flip over. Practice getting him (as well as yourself) back into a kayak that has flipped. It is not trivial.
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Get a kids paddle and paint a R and L on the blades. It's easier that yelling sweep right or left. I had lines and dots. I think my kids were in their yaks at 5 or 6. Defiantly get a rope to pull them especially going against the tide.
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A good proper fitting life vest that he will be willing to wear. Not one of those things that looks like an orange jelly fish is eating your son.
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Agree on the Lifetime kayaks. We got our kids (6 and 8) the, for Christmas last year. Used them a ton this summer. They don’t sink and are easy for them to wrangle around.
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Lifetime fan here as well. My boys each have the Tamarack Angler 100, which 10'. Found them on sale at WalMart $175/ea and came with a paddle.

They have taken a beating and held up well.


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Originally Posted by Fish Hunter IV View Post
Lifetime fan here as well. My boys each have the Tamarack Angler 100, which 10'. Found them on sale at WalMart $175/ea and came with a paddle.

They have taken a beating and held up well.
Do you think 10 ft is too big for a 6 year old? How heavy is it?
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The length is not what you should be concerned about. Short kayaks are for whitewater mostly. I agree with choosing the right paddle size and weight.
I will look for what I purchased and post a link. Not against vests, but teach your kids to swim and have comfort in the water.
This is the first rule of boating in my opinion.
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https://www.fieldandstreamshop.com/p...rb10stnkykxpsk

This looks close to what I bought and have had 3 of for 5 + years. I would go this way. I personally would never buy or recommend a sit on top kayak. It raises the cog on a tippy boat to what advantage?
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Originally Posted by muskrattown View Post
https://www.fieldandstreamshop.com/p...rb10stnkykxpsk

This looks close to what I bought and have had 3 of for 5 + years. I would go this way. I personally would never buy or recommend a sit on top kayak. It raises the cog on a tippy boat to what advantage?
Thanks for the suggestion!
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Originally Posted by c_m_25 View Post
Do you think 10 ft is too big for a 6 year old? How heavy is it?
Not sure, my youngest son was about to turn 9 when I bought them. He is a total spaz athletically but did well on it once he figured out how to paddle.
They are about 50#
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I picked up two of these for $100 off of FB marketplace a couple of years ago.
https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...E&gclsrc=aw.ds


My now 7 year old loves it. He might outgrow it or be ready for a 8 ft that we have by the end of next summer. His only complaint is a lack of back support on some of our longer paddles- 30 min or more. He started when he was 5. I would tow him behind my yak and he would paddle when he wanted.
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I guess nowadays we are obsessed with our kids safety for some reason in spite of the fact that they are statistically more safe now. My parents let me run wild and do whatever little boys did and I did well at that. Don't baby him but let him know the risks. He will figure it out.

My father was a WW2 Navy hero who told me just enough to let me know how to be safe on my own.

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