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Old 09-24-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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Looking at kayaks for use off my boat , 50' hatteras sport fisherman .Need a portable ,stable sit on top, maybe pedal ,not sure about that
Im 275 lbs wifes abt 140lbs , we have kayaked in rentals many times and want to get started on our own
So fill me in what to get and what i need to know >>>> WE DONT WANT TANDEM !
we prefer separate kayaks
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Old 09-24-2016, 02:30 PM   #2
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Where you at? I have a brand new in the box 2008 Hobie inflatable mirage drive I was just about to put on Craigslist cheap. Im in Florida.
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:58 PM   #3
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If the OP hasn't contacted you, I may have some interest in the 2008 Hobie inflatable with Mirage drive. Having some difficulty finding out what they looked like back in '08, what features, type of seat, etc. Thanks.
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There are so many options available these days. I think the place to start is with a budget and go from there. Used Craigslist stuff or good entry level stuff starts in the $500 range. Very nice and well built kayaks around $1,000 with really nice fishing specific kayaks up to around $1,800 or so. Then get into pedals which can go from about that $1,800 (Perception is coming out with one at that price) up to $3,500 or so. Most of the main manufacturers came out with pedals this year so the options have expanded greatly if you are into that.

Personally I like staying with the major brands like Wilderness Systems (Perception is their budget line but very good), Jackson, Old Town, Ocean Kayak, Native, Hobie etc.
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:11 AM   #5
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Now is a good time to buy used. For example, if close to Greensboro, NC check out http://shopgetoutdoors.com/used-clearance-kayaks.

Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Max Sunset 2016 Used $1,349.00 $949.00
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:43 AM   #6
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FWIW we ( wife and I ) both have Vibe Kayaks.
Not as well known as Native or Hobie nor as expensive either.

However, as they are generally wider than most, they are also alot more stable. So much so, that they cacan be outfitted with a fwd standing grab rail to help with sight casting for redfish.
For the price we paid, we have no regrets for not going with the more expensive brands.
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:02 PM   #7
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Get a couple of Hobies with mirage drives I would go with the Pro Angler, I love mine.
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I love my Ocean Kayak Prowler. Stay away from BPS Ascend kayaks. I bought 2 to bang around in. The bottoms have both warped and they track horribly.
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I suggest pedals if you are going to fish or travel far.
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:53 AM   #10
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Mark,
I'm a diehard Hobie Pedal guy and have three of them, and the group I kayak with has just about one of every model Hobie makes. Currently I have three of them, two single Outback and a tandem Oasis (which can be operated solo). I've been into these kayaks for 17 years.

The only downside to the Hobie Pedal kayaks is the weight and without a winch or some help they can be a challenge to get on your boat. However, I have had my Hobie Tandem Oasis at 90lbs up on my 280 Sundancer, by myself.

A real good bulletproof Hobie is the Outback. It's very versatile, has nice storage for gear, and is stable. If you fish, it's not a bad fishing platform. The ProAngler is an excellent fishing boat, with more room in it, a bit more stable, but heavier and more expensive. My neighbor has one and it's a great boat.

The Revolution may not be best for your needs, a bit less stable. I've operated both the 13 and 16 and found them a bit faster than the Outback and Proangler, but narrower and less stable, and won't feel good with your weight. My 450 lb buddy did ok in the Outback, but not in an earlier lighter weight tandem I had awhile ago.

I've found the pedal to work quite well, and one can cruise slow almost effortless or push it for some reasonable speed OR paddle if wanted. The pedals are great for hands free operation, drinks or fishing gear, but in all cases you still have to steer.... easy.

I have not tried the Native Watercraft Slayer or the Perception pedal kayaks (competition to Hobie) but are probably worth a look. Nor am I into the paddle only kayaks and there's a ton of them out there.

Economy Tackle in Sarasota (http://www.floridakayak.com) is a very good kayak dealer and can give you a lot of good advise, and good to deal with. Austin Kayak (https://www.austinkayak.com) is also great. I've done business with both and very satisfied.

As for the non pedal kayaks, I'm not an expert, so I'll let the others give you info, however, in our group of kayakers, we have several that are happy with theirs, but like mentioned above, I'd lean toward the better known higher quality ones, and not get a cheap one from a box store.

Also, there are a lot of good buys on Craigs list for the Hobie pedal.
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If the OP hasn't contacted you, I may have some interest in the 2008 Hobie inflatable with Mirage drive. Having some difficulty finding out what they looked like back in '08, what features, type of seat, etc. Thanks.
The hull is the same as the current model but it has the older style(pre 2015 seat) and the standard drive (non reverse). It probably identical to the 2014 . The single 12 foot peddles just like an outback. same stability, same speed. The one I have is new in box for a bargain price.
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Jackson or Native. No need for Hobie. Way too heavy. I am a big strong guy and moving my Hobie outback around was a chore and a half.
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If you are just paddling and not going to use it for a fishing platform, it is hard to beat a tried and true Wilderness Systems Tarpon. My wife has one and it is a great, simple yak. I fish out of a WS Ride 135 and love it. Super stable (I can stand and throw a cast net).
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The hull is the same as the current model but it has the older style(pre 2015 seat) and the standard drive (non reverse). It probably identical to the 2014 . The single 12 foot peddles just like an outback. same stability, same speed. The one I have is new in box for a bargain price.
Thanks for the response. However, between the time I posted my response and now (5 months) I've already added another Hobie Revo 13. My fault as I probably should have sent you a PM. Just out of curiosity, what is your best price on the "new in box" unit. I'm a sucker for kayaks. Including 2 youth models, I have 7 total, SOT's/SUP's. Always could add another, especially one that could fit on my boat. Please PM me if you prefer. Bob
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Excellent question. I can't be much advice since I haven't had much butt time in a lot of yaks, but I did like the lawn chair style of the Jackson Cuda. I sat six hours in it, two days in a row and never got sore.
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I own Jackson Kayaks...by far the best seat IMO. I can fish for hours without issue, and they have models that are very stable and easy to maneuver. I am 280 pounds myself and currently have a Jackson Coosa HD, very stable kayak...I even stand in it sometimes.
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Something else to consider - The new kid on the block is Bonafide Kayaks. The owner and creator of YakAttack has gone into the kayak building business and they have designed an amazing fishing kayak. From everything I've seen it is as stable if not moreso than anything out there but also paddles and tracks really well. If you are familiar with YakAttack, they make rigging products for kayaks so as you can imagine, they have designed this boat to be super efficient. Definitely worth checking out. They are making a 12' and 10'.
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