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Hello everyone. From WI and wanted to introduce myself. I've been happily married for 6 yrs, a proud father of 3 boys, owner of a black lab and enjoy the outdoors.
I am new to the kayaking world and wanted to get some suggestions on a kayak. I'll be using it mostly to access hard to reach spots to fish and hunt and I will have gear along with me.
I realize that a light weight canoe such as the Wenonah Fusion 13 in kevlar would be ideal, so if I can't find anything in a kayak, I'll go that route.
However, I'm interested in a kayak. I am open to sit-ins and ROT. My requirements are as follows:
8 or less - 10' in lenght (want to toss it in the bed of my truck)
40lbs or less (give or take a couple lbs)
Max weight capacity - 280lbs minimum
Stable if this means anything. Ive got great balance.
****I should have mentioned, I am 5'6" and 200lbs. This craft should also be able to take a beating.
My trips usually go like this; craft gets loaded, then dragged to the water, sometimes over gravel and even railroad tracks to think wooded areas. I would use a hauler when possible, but this is worse case. Then I paddle to where I port. The craft (loaded with gear) gets draged and pushed through cattails, over fallen timber, in knee high muck. This muck is the the stuff that will take you a while to unlodge your feet once you plant.
Another scenario, floating small rivers/creeks to jump shoot ducks once ponds/lakes freeze over. I will ocassionally paddle through thin layers of ice and over shallow areas where the bottom will scrape over large rocks. I try to avoid these but it will happen (again worse case).
Also, I can do any style of paddling or seat position (this is secondary to the info above for me).****
I've done research ahead of time but I don't want to miss any other manufacturers. Thanks in advance.
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Seems to me you are not|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-03-12 5:49 PM (EST)
I'll research these.|
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-03-12 9:24 PM (EST)
These look good. My only question is how durable are these and will they stand up to the test. I did update my op because I was missing some key info.
Posted by: ShadyClip on Nov-03-12 6:30 PM (EST)
The Liquidlogic Mist 9.5 (used to be the Heritage Featherlight) is one of the few kayaks that meets your requirements. I never paddled one and not sure if I would recommend it for you. But something like the Mist is what you are looking at with those specs.
I carry a 14' boat in my P/U all the |
Posted by: string on Nov-03-12 7:05 PM (EST)
I like but won't work.|
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-03-12 9:05 PM (EST)
Sorry. I should have been more clear. My trips start with dragging the craft loaded with gear to the water. Sometimes thats over gravel, train tracks. Then its a paddle, then through muck/cattails where I sink up to my knees. I would like to be dragging/pushing 60lbs once said and done.
Thanks for the suggestion!|
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-03-12 8:55 PM (EST)
Thanks for the quick response and that kayak would be an option. I wasn't even aware of that manufactuer. That gives me some more options.
Posted by: ShadyClip on Nov-03-12 9:58 PM (EST)
Posted by: JimMcC on Nov-03-12 10:52 PM (EST)
Malibu Mini X
I really like these|
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-04-12 5:17 PM (EST)
This one may fit the bill. But more importantly, I just checked out there line up and love their kayaks, especially the Sierra 10. I'll have to check on pricing and specs. Thank you.
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-04-12 5:44 PM (EST)
Love their line up. The sierra just may be the one. I'll have to take a closer look at the specs.
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-04-12 4:59 PM (EST)
I love looking at new models of anything for the next year. I was looking at the Native and wilderness brands prior to this and really like them. However, I would be hauling around even more weight then I do with my current 14' oldtown.
Heritage Featherlight 9.5|
Posted by: HiBob on Nov-04-12 11:32 AM (EST)
I have one and it does most everything you are looking for. It is stable, wide, comfortable, and easy to work out of with a good size cockpit and a small open area behind the seat. The one thing I cannot say is I've never dragged mine thru your described path to your hunting/fishing areas. I bought mine used and use it now for my friends that accompany me. Great little boat so if you can find one it might fit your bill quite well. I'm 6'1 and 225 and it is no problem - floats like a cork!
Not the answer you're looking for...|
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Nov-04-12 12:03 PM (EST)
I hear ya|
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-04-12 4:49 PM (EST)
I have a 14' oldtown sportsman that I have been using for the job. It is cumbersome to transport with my midsized truck. It also comes in at 60lbs. It does not trek as well due to its width, but its sturdy and gets the job done. My real issue is once I hit the cattails, it another 100yds. I get out and alternate pulling and pushing it. I take alot of breaks. I think the canoe and gear is right around 80-90lbs at that phase. I would like to be around 70-80lbs.
When you are in the cattails...|
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Nov-05-12 6:01 AM (EST)
...is the boat still floating? Or are they so thick that you actually have to drag *over* the rushes? If still floating, standing with a pole and pushing off the bottom may be a lot easier than pushing the boat while you wade through matted cattails. Your OT Sportsman should be okay for that.
Completely above water level|
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-05-12 9:23 AM (EST)
The canoe is completely above the water when pushing/pulling through cattails. I should have been more clear as terms may vary from one subject to another. By push, I mean, get out and push from the stern. Using a pole to push in this situation wouldn't work.
Very close to a solution.|
Posted by: dudedoggun on Nov-05-12 9:48 AM (EST)
After googling kayak vs canoe. I was brought back to a article on this very forum. After having read it, I will be getting a canoe.