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 Post subject: Revo 11
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:45 am 
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I will soon be buying a new kayak, I have a PA 12 already. I thought I wanted to buy an Outback so my son (6'3" 195) can go with me But after talking to him, he is probably only going to use it 3 or 4 times a year, fishing in lakes and protected bays. Since I am 5'8", 165, and will be using the boat more than he, I think I will be happy with a much lighter boat like a Revo 11 or Sport to give me a variation to my PA. My question can a guy 6'3" be ok in a Sport or Revo 11 several times a year? He has white water kayaked in his younger days and is pretty adaptable to different kayaks.

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 Post subject: Re: Revo 11
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:50 am 
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You can make do but I'm only 6' and 180lbs and much prefer the Revo 13 to the 11. Even then, the 13 is a compact compared to a PA or TI.

I think both you and he will feel cramped in the smaller boats, particularly if you carry much stuff with you.


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 Post subject: Re: Revo 11
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:36 am 
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On the other hand, I'm about 5'10", 180 and prefer the Revo 11 to the 13. It's much easier to handle, load and store. On the water, it's more maneuverable, livelier, a little quieter, gets into more restricted spaces, and generally cuts the fat out of the Revo 13. The cockpit length is one inch shorter so your son would probably be more comfortable in the Revo 13 in terms of pedaling, but I think you'd like the 11 better to compliment your PA 12.

The Sport cockpit is about 2" shorter than the Revo 11 so would be way too small for your son's height. On the other hand, the 2014 Sport has the transducer fittings along with the Revo 13; the Revo 11 does not. Getting a demo on all three (for yourself) would be a great option.

IMO, your son would fit best in the PA 12 for the leg space -- on the few times when he comes, you could put him in that boat. The more comfortable he is, the more often he would be likely to join you! 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Revo 11
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:28 am 
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On the other hand, I'm about 5'10", 180 and prefer the Revo 11 to the 13. It's much easier to handle, load and store. On the water, it's more maneuverable, livelier, a little quieter, gets into more restricted spaces, and generally cuts the fat out of the Revo 13. The cockpit length is one inch shorter so your son would probably be more comfortable in the Revo 13 in terms of pedaling, but I think you'd like the 11 better to compliment your PA 12.

The Sport cockpit is about 2" shorter than the Revo 11 so would be way too small for your son's height. On the other hand, the 2014 Sport has the transducer fittings along with the Revo 13; the Revo 11 does not. Getting a demo on all three (for yourself) would be a great option.

IMO, your son would fit best in the PA 12 for the leg space -- on the few times when he comes, you could put him in that boat. The more comfortable he is, the more often he would be likely to join you! 8)


You are so right with your comments. That is EXACTLY what I have been thinking and is why I am so confused now!
Now I have come up with a plan to make it easy to swap boats, using a Harken hoist in the middle of my garage. I have a trailer which hauls 2 kayaks side by side. For solo trips, depending which boat I want to use, I move the boat I am not taking under the hoist and take it off, then center the other kayak. When I get back, I slide the kayak I used to one side and lower the one I didn't take onto the trailer for storage. That being said, with the handling figured out, the heavier Outback now comes back into play. So, I am down to either the Sport or 11 for me to use when he goes and he uses my PA, or I get the Outback or 13 for him, which I also can use if I want to when he doesn't go.
I started out deciding between an Outback and a Revo 13, and after several days of serious deliberation, I am proud to say I have my whittled my option down to 4 boats. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Revo 11
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:52 pm 
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I bought a Sport for my daughter. She used it a few times but it didn't get used as much as I hoped and ended up sitting a lot, so I finally sold it. When she comes kayaking with me she uses whatever I have -- comes for the visit more than anything else I think. My advice -- get what you want and will use and enjoy. Your son will be good with whatever you have for him, since he'll probably be coming primarily to spend the time with you. :wink:


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