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Offline 12footer

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CKA Kayak Reviews
« on: October 02, 2009, 11:51:25 AM »
Your contributions to the kayak review section are encouraged and appreciated.  If you don't see your kayaks make/model, make your own thread up and I will add the product description that preceeds the reviews when I get a chance.  I think this will make it easier :)

Thanks!

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2009, 04:29:54 PM »
This is actually a great idea... all kinds of different makes and models so that those coming into the sport can see what is available and how others use them. Great addition.
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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2009, 07:41:30 PM »
So many makes and models to choose from, keep them coming guys.
By next season ( or before ) I hope to make a decision  8)

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 06:43:17 PM »
Thanks for another great thread Jeff

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 05:05:21 PM »
What is everyone's opinion on the Malibu Kayak's X-13 and Stealth 12 kayaks for value and fishing?

Thank you~
« Last Edit: February 04, 2018, 08:55:25 PM by TexasDon »

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 06:26:45 AM »
Don those malibu kayaks are sold in USA and no dealers on this side of the border but after looking at price point and looks, compared to the middle of the road fishing yaks. Would start off looking at where you will be fishing mainly. Fast currents /big waters or inland lakes will decide what you should buy. Pedal vrs Paddle also. Currents and big water lakes suggest pedal type ( Old Town/Wilderness/Native/Hobie/Jackson )and a few other but the cost will run higher also but worth it/ Small waters then paddle suffice and those brands again likely your best bet. Also your body size should dictate what you get,don't undersize your craft if you are a tall or bigger guy. Old Town Predator/Hobie Pro Angler/Jackson/Wilderness good choices. And most of all take out a demo for a ride.

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2018, 10:40:58 AM »
There is one fella on here that had one in the past, and raved about them
"phattrick"
http://canadiankayakanglers.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=473

You may want to chat with him and see what he has to say about them.
I've reached out to them to see if they can provide any info as well.
I do see that amazon.ca sells them, which would help you with duty and maybe cheaper shipping. They're great with returns too.

What kind of Kayaking are you looking to do?  What kind of water will you be on most of the time?
What is your budget when it comes to purchasing? 

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2018, 06:47:20 PM »
John, as I'm sure it's evident, I'm new to kayaking.
It's All about fishing for me...and getting places that I can't fish from the bank.
I only have about a thousand to spend on the kayak, and a few hundred more for paddle and other kayak gear. But I have all the fishing gear I need in spades.
I hope to fish lakes and rivers...everywhere except in rolling surf
Amazon Prime will send me the Malibu kayaks for free and I get emails from them saying Malibu the price of the X-13 is down to $875, without seat (Canadian), from full price of $1288.
I like all the storage on it.

shooter,
I'm 6' 1", 270 lbs (I know...I'm working on losing weight)
I would love to have a pedal, but can't afford one.
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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2018, 07:32:40 PM »
Well good luck with your new yak. Can always change out like many others along  the way have . Every yak has a certain feel and comfort. And price point also dictates what some people are willing to pay. 🎣

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2018, 08:22:56 PM »
Thank you, but I think that a 14'-4" kayak would be too much for a newbie.
I think 12' would be better, like the Stealth 12

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2018, 06:10:49 AM »
My first yak Don was a Wilderness Tarpon 140 (14') and im about 6 inches shorter than you it was perfect stable yak. My buddy had the same craft and is 6 ft like yourself and just fit into it and supported his weight better than a shorter yak. A true ride is needed if you can first. A couple of the guys i hang with have the Predator PDl and they are a little taller than you but these are more expensive 12' and these guys wouldn't change them out for any other yak.   

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2018, 09:35:22 PM »
If I was thinking about a new $1000 fishing kayak I'd have a long hard look at the Pelican Catch 12,  http://www.pelicansport.com/en/products/kayaks-2017/sit-top-kayak/catch-120 , available at Sail. Good value as it's made in Canada.

I almost bought one two years ago just to have a paddle kayak available but decided it wouldn't be worth it to me because I'm very happy with my Outback and would be using it most of the time. Have a look.
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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2018, 03:50:32 PM »
Thanks, Guys
That's all good advice.
I ended up getting a good deal on a used Ocean Kayak Trident 13,
It saved me some money.

Thank you, all (or y'all LOL) I appreciated your input.

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Re: CKA Kayak Reviews
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2018, 03:29:52 PM »
Thank you, but I think that a 14'-4" kayak would be too much for a newbie.
I think 12' would be better, like the Stealth 12

Kayak length is rarely something to avoid except for really long boats(like 16+).

Length helps with flotation and speed. If you put a heavy weight in a short kayak it will sit lower, plow water and be slow. There is actually a general rule that relates hull speed to kayak length, the longer the kayak the faster the hull speed although other factors do come into play as well(shape, weight etc).

The main reasons to avoid a really long kayak for fishing are turning radius(longer kayaks usually have wider turning radius) and transportation/storage. Stability of longer models can be something to consider but that is because most longer models are usually sleek for speed and it has nothing to do with the boats length.

For fishing I wouldn't hesitate to use a 14 foot kayak especially for a bigger guy like yourself, in fact I would say that is probably the best size you could pick. 12 is the shortest I recommend even a smaller guy uses and up to 16 feet work fine.


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