By Bill Schultz — Guest Correspondent
As I’m driving around Door County going to or coming back from a day of fishing, I’m seeing more and more kayaks on the tops of those cars and SUV’s being driven by all the visitors. And, when I’m on the water, I’m seeing more and more kayakers each year. It’s great that so many visitors and locals are taking advantage of our beautiful waters for sightseeing and fishing.
If you’ve thought about getting a recreational or fishing kayak, this is a great time to do your shopping. Most of the kayak tour companies will sell some of their kayaks, paddles and PFD’s at the end of the season, and, at big discounts. Also, the outdoor stores in the county will also be putting discounts on their remaining gear.
My neighbor down the lake from me got a great deal on a tandem kayak, paddles and PFD’s last fall from one of the tour companies. A tandem kayak is something I haven’t talked about in the past. This can be a great choice if you have a child who’d like to kayak, dog you’d love to take out, or you’d like to kayak with a spouse or friend who just isn’t as comfortable on the water.
If you want a new kayak, do some research as a number of the top companies have tandems, including the Jackson Tripper Tandem, a sit-in kayak offering the very comfortable Elite seats, a wide open cockpit that’s easy to get in and out of, as well as being a great fishing platform for two people. Also, at just under 15’, seats can be adjusted to make it a great one-person as well. For a child, dog or someone not as comfortable on the water the sit-in will give a feeling of security with the higher sides, compared to a sit-on-top kayak.
As always, do your research, and, you can always email me at email@example.com with your questions.