Sit on or sit in??
Posted by: onekeltie on Aug-28-13 2:15 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
wife & I are new to kayaking. We have had a canoe for years, but would like a change. What are the advantages of a sit in vs the sit on? We will be in fairly smooth water, mostly the Manatee River in Florida. We both would like to be able to fish from them. Any info would be appreciated!! I'm 70, won't mention the wifes age, so fairly easy paddling would be a good thing.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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I prefer SOT|
Posted by: timothy585 on Aug-28-13 2:56 PM (EST)
I use my kayak for fishing 95% and I can think of a few reasons why I prefer the SOT.
Posted by: gnatcatcher on Aug-28-13 3:21 PM (EST)
Check out the new Hurricane Skimmer series of sit-on-tops, some of the lighter SOT's you'll find and they can be decked out for fishing.
If you are just paddling in the....|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-28-13 4:27 PM (EST)
warmer weather and just "lilly dipping" so to speak, get a sit on top.
Just for laughs, check out the SIK and|
Posted by: ezwater on Aug-28-13 6:14 PM (EST)
the SOT surf ski offered on the pnet boat drawing right now.
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Aug-28-13 7:56 PM (EST)
Given where you live and what you plan to do with the boat, a sit on top would be my choice. If you lived in a colder climate, were going to do a lot of ocean paddling with waves etc, and were not fishing, then a SINK would be better.
Sit on or sit in??|
Posted by: onekeltie on Aug-28-13 9:57 PM (EST)
Thanks, that helps my decision a bunch. Looks like two sit ons!
Academy Sports and Outdoors|
Posted by: string on Aug-28-13 10:02 PM (EST)
Most any boat can be set up for |
Posted by: shirlann on Aug-28-13 10:38 PM (EST)
fishing by adding a "Scottie" type rod holder.
That's what I have...the Pescador|
Posted by: timothy585 on Aug-29-13 7:53 AM (EST)
Like mentioned above, a great fishing kayak. Actually the old model of the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120. Instead of trashing the mold it was re-used by a sister company and sold for half the price as the Pescador Perception 120. Alot of bang for the buck. BUT, it is a little on the heavy side at about 60 lbs. I'm 40ish and in good shape, but it's still takes some effort to cartop it solo. With two people, it should be a breeze.
Epic V6 weighs 39 lbs.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Aug-29-13 2:53 AM (EST)
My wife is a bit stiff and prefers the ease of entry & exit of the V6 vs our sit in kayaks.
Have you considered|
Posted by: wannakayak on Aug-29-13 6:07 AM (EST)
As an alternative, and I may be opening a can of worms here, an inflateable? Not saying they are the best, but highly portable and stable.
Posted by: usantigoon on Aug-31-13 9:16 AM (EST)
I am 70 as well and have (2) SOT kayaks...the SINK becomes more of a challenge to get in and out.. The SOT is very easy to board and re-board in the event of a capsize..In our kayak club, I noticed more and more kayaking seniors doing the switch to a SOT kayak..
SOT for me.|
Posted by: RockyRaab on Aug-31-13 9:35 AM (EST)
I bought a kayak exclusively for fishing. As I've posted before, I'm 66 and I get my 100+ pound Hobie Pro Angler 14 on and off the roof of my Durango with no problem at all.
Surely that's the heaviest 14-foot...|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Aug-31-13 1:32 PM (EST)
Posted by: RockyRaab on Aug-31-13 7:16 PM (EST)
No argument about the Hobie Drive being not the best for all conditions. But when it's not, they all come with paddles.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Aug-31-13 7:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: RockyRaab on Sep-01-13 9:47 AM (EST)
You can either hold the pedals at full stroke to flatten the fins against the hull or pop the two clamps and remove the drive unit entirely. I use the former method for navigating shallows or passing over an object like a log - and I always pull the drive before beaching.