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Old 11-12-2017, 06:15 AM
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I am a total rookie at this and just want to hear some suggestions to this before I spend money on something I don't know about. What would be an excellent ride for bay, bayous and flats fishing that will not break the bank? I need as much input as possible so I can understand the reasons for and against different yaks. Thanks for any help I can get!
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:56 AM
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# 1 - How much do you want to spend?
# 2 - weight capacity- You and your gear?
# 3 - What will you use it for? fishing, exercise, voyaging, diving, hunting?
# 4 - How will you transport it?

Generally speaking:
bigger yak, more money more options, and more weight.
Smaller yak, less options, less money, less weight
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:05 AM
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I didn't get any responses here so I relied on other forums to get information. I tried several brands and then purchased an Old Town Predator PDL. All I can say is what a boat. Very stable, roomy, comfortable, and you can cover some serious water. My first trip out in the bay, I went about 8 miles.
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Sounds like a good choice Old Town has great quality. The weather is getting right! Hope you enjoy it.
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Sit on top is the only way to go and at 13' it should be a good medium between stability/ tracking maneuverability. I have a easily removable trolling motor just to cover more water in some areas.
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Find a good local dealer and buy there. They can provide great guidance. In Virginia that would Appomattox River Co. I drove 1.5 hours each way to shop and buy from them. It was worth it! But probably not worth it from FL!!! Your dealer may also have a "demo day" once or twice a year where you can actually paddle different boats. Another good choice is a freshwater fishing show with a couple of kayak dealers.
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Originally Posted by spineyman View Post
I didn't get any responses here so I relied on other forums to get information. I tried several brands and then purchased an Old Town Predator PDL. All I can say is what a boat. Very stable, roomy, comfortable, and you can cover some serious water. My first trip out in the bay, I went about 8 miles.
Mind sharing the approximate cost? Looking to get into Kayaking myself since I sold the boat. Thx.
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There are hundreds of kayak companies many with similar products and then there is Hobie with a product so superior to everyone else that you have to pay for it. I challenge anyone to demo Hobies and then buy something else. I do free Hobie demos in the NY, PA,NJ area..
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Originally Posted by spineyman View Post
I didn't get any responses here so I relied on other forums to get information. I tried several brands and then purchased an Old Town Predator PDL. All I can say is what a boat. Very stable, roomy, comfortable, and you can cover some serious water. My first trip out in the bay, I went about 8 miles.
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There are hundreds of kayak companies many with similar products and then there is Hobie with a product so superior to everyone else that you have to pay for it. I challenge anyone to demo Hobies and then buy something else. I do free Hobie demos in the NY, PA,NJ area..
I'm glad you think Hobie is the best because I did demo Hobies and went with Old Town Predator PDL. The pedal motion of the Hobie killed my knees so I went with a rotation pedal craft instead of straight back and forth. I am so impressed with it you could not give me a brand spanking new PA14 fully loaded for mine. But thanks for the response!
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Most people complain about the circular rotation of the prop drives hurting their knees. You may have tested a set of turbo flippers instead of the smaller standard flippers. My wife cant use the larger ones because of a weak knee. Good luck with the old towne in shallow water.
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I've got 2 Native kayaks, love em and you do get what ya pay for

Have a used Native Ultimate FX12 -- Pros: more like a canoe, you'll stay dry, great for skinny water, standing up, easy to haul & load, plenty of options for mounting gear, Cons - have to paddle, like a canoe so you shouldn't take it offshore
Bought it new Native Slayer Propel 13 -- Pros: huge sit on top kayak, like the PA14, fast, standing up easy, have gone 1 mile offshore, pedal and reverse is really really nice, plenty of options for mounting gear Cons -- not as great for skinny water, could use a steering upgrade, harder to haul around, not good for rivers with hidden obstacles

I live around freshwater so i find myself using the FX12 more often since its easier to haul around and i'm not facing big water. If I were going inshore fishing for reds, i'd probably take the FX12 because its better in skinny water and i wouldn't plan on being in big waves. If I wanted to fish just off the surf on some ARs or head out of the channel markers for cobia and tripletail, I'm using the Slayer Propel
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Most people complain about the circular rotation of the prop drives hurting their knees. You may have tested a set of turbo flippers instead of the smaller standard flippers. My wife cant use the larger ones because of a weak knee. Good luck with the old towne in shallow water.
I tried both and no can do. Shallow water no problem. I just unlock the drive and pry my feet under the sides if the drive barely and keep on truckin. Obviously not too much of a problem because I have caught over 400 fish since I got it in December, and all are in the 6" to 4 foot range. I also fish with a guy who has a slayer and a guy with a pa and strangely enough the only one in the drink in 38 degree weather and 45 degree water was the guy in the pa. So enjoy your over priced Hobie and I will continue to slay fish with my PDL.
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I've got 2 Native kayaks, love em and you do get what ya pay for

Have a used Native Ultimate FX12 -- Pros: more like a canoe, you'll stay dry, great for skinny water, standing up, easy to haul & load, plenty of options for mounting gear, Cons - have to paddle, like a canoe so you shouldn't take it offshore
Bought it new Native Slayer Propel 13 -- Pros: huge sit on top kayak, like the PA14, fast, standing up easy, have gone 1 mile offshore, pedal and reverse is really really nice, plenty of options for mounting gear Cons -- not as great for skinny water, could use a steering upgrade, harder to haul around, not good for rivers with hidden obstacles

I live around freshwater so i find myself using the FX12 more often since its easier to haul around and I'm not facing big water. If I were going inshore fishing for reds, i'd probably take the FX12 because its better in skinny water and i wouldn't plan on being in big waves. If I wanted to fish just off the surf on some ARs or head out of the channel markers for cobia and tripletail, I'm using the Slayer Propel
I tried the propel and could not feel comfortable in it. It was the first kayak I ever set foot in. It was also last years model and he tried to discount it 1000 bucks to get me to buy it. I just didn't feel comfortable in it. Then I tried the Hobies and then the Old town, and the rest is history. I am also glad I made the decision I did. All of my fishing to date in a kayak has been in shallow water, but crossing big bodies of water sometime to get to where we need to be. I stay dry and my fishing buddy in the Propel 13 gets wet all the time.
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yea nothing wrong with the PDL, took the good parts of the slayer and made it better

after getting my first bonus in 2015, i paid $1600 cash for the Slayer end of year sale at my local dealer, paid $700 for a 2 year old Ultimate FX
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yea nothing wrong with the PDL, took the good parts of the slayer and made it better

after getting my first bonus in 2015, i paid $1600 cash for the Slayer end of year sale at my local dealer, paid $700 for a 2 year old Ultimate FX
He was all the way down to $1400 on the slayer for me, but he said it was last years model and he wanted it gone so he could stock a new model. I just for some reason didn't feel comfortable in it. My fishing buddy loves his. I was afraid to stand up in it I will say that, and have zero problems standing in mine now. I do it all the time. Maybe being the first yak I sat in had something to do with it I don't know.
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