OK, so I'm spending money in my mind that I don't have in my wallet. I've got on my rack a somewhat old and probably somewhat brittle OK Malibu II. It's a great kayak and a lot of fun, but getting elderly.
I paddle alone for fishing. My wife would like to get more into paddling. She's been a few times and loved it. My daughters are intrigued. 4 yo and 8yo. 8 yo is trained on paddling and will be paddling solo the first time this spring when water conditions are sufficient. She's a Red Cross level 3 swimmer and comfortable in water and on kayaks.
So, I'd like a couple tandem inflatables, one of which would be suitable for use fishing solo in rivers (nothing over class 3 and usually not over class 2).
Family paddling two per boat will be on mild rivers, lakes, Chesapeake Bay (near shore), salt marshes and other protected waters, and rarely at an ocean beach (so self-bailing is a must). Once the family has experience, I may take them out in up to class 2 if they get comfortable with the idea, but I won't push them into bumpy water if they don't have a desire.
I've got an assortment of other paddle craft to cover a number of other things, so I'm really looking at something to replace the OK Malibu II and give me a second similar boat that will be nearly flip-proof for inexperienced paddlers and wiggly children. All of the boats below have good reviews wherever I've been able to find them, so I'm pretty comfortable with the quality.
I've been looking at several options for these disparate tandem/family paddling uses:
2 Advanced Elements Straightedge 2 kayaks (roughly $700/each)
1 Advanced Elements Straightedge 2 kayak and 1 Tributary Tomcat 2. (roughly $700-800 each)
On the higher end:
Aire Traveller and Aire Outfitter ($2,000 / $1400 respectively) are considered. I am not above buying used, but most used boats of this nature are VERY used.
I have been wanting to do this "someday" with the family. Yesterday, I went and looked at a friend laid out in a box. We had talked many times to paddle and fish together "someday." So, I'm feeling as if "someday" can kiss my big fat backside and if I can possibly swing the finances to get some boats and get paddling (come safe water conditions obviously).
Any thoughts, suggestions, considerations, manifestos, or ramblings are welcome.
- Big D
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I've been doing some reseach also|
Posted by: cockneykayaker on Feb-11-10 4:15 AM (EST)
Posted by: Big_D on Feb-11-10 8:04 AM (EST)
That helps to at least confirm that I've narrowed down to the right crafts. I'll have to take another look at Sea Eagles. A buddy has a couple, so I'll borrow his for a river trip some time and see whether I like it.
Let me know what you think of|
Posted by: cockneykayaker on Feb-11-10 8:48 AM (EST)
The Sea Eagles as that is one of the makes I am interested in.
It'll be a while|
Posted by: Big_D on Feb-11-10 1:26 PM (EST)
We just had a lot of snowfall so the dirt roads to the put-ins are blocked. As the snow melts enough to get to the put-ins, the rivers will be too high to paddle.
Posted by: cockneykayaker on Feb-26-10 8:11 AM (EST)
Any updates ?
No - sorry|
Posted by: Big_D on Feb-27-10 9:42 PM (EST)
Water's rushing a bit from the melt-off of some big snows. Good for whitewater 'yakkers. Not so good for lillydipping fishermen to test a new boat.
Posted by: cockneykayaker on Mar-24-10 12:14 PM (EST)
Any news ?
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-24-10 3:15 PM (EST)
I'll let you know when I get out. Keep checking in. Floods are receding, but work is insane. I'm working crazy long hours. Maybe it would be less if I didn't take P-net breaks (for the record, I don't bill for this time, not that I figured you were worried).
Posted by: cockneykayaker on Jun-18-10 4:03 AM (EST)
Any news ?
Still no news on the Sea Eagles|
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-18-10 8:09 AM (EST)
My buddy has been suffering from Lyme's disease, so hasn't been able to get out. Then he's on some powerful antibiotics that have got him photosensitive and he is again not able to get out.
Posted by: cockneykayaker on Aug-18-10 7:52 AM (EST)
Hope your buddy is improving, any news on the Sea Eagles ?
No. Still no news. Sorry.|
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-18-10 9:38 AM (EST)
I haven't been out with him once this year. I wound up purchasing an Outcast Power Drifter, which has been good for fishing. I put it into a hole (the only one on the river) and got it pinned this weekend (also my poor oarsmanship), but the boat covered for my poor skills well. My only complaint is not enough D-rings for tying stuff down.
Some IK tandem ramblings...|
Posted by: spiritboat on Feb-27-10 12:33 AM (EST)
Thanks - that's great information|
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-01-10 4:44 PM (EST)
The rivers where I'd primarily use these inflatables, and the way I'd use them, tracking is a good thing. They're big and relatively swift, but with plenty of time to turn and very low consequence if you don't make the turn. I won't be doing any rapids more technical than a noisy riffle in them. Low draft is far more important because they do get real shallow. These will be family boats. My wife is not into adrenaline and my daughters require some seasoning in current before they will be permitted to run any rapids. Good tracking will be useful to me.
Whatever IKs you decide upon...|
Posted by: spiritboat on Mar-02-10 1:18 PM (EST)
Let warranty(a minimum of 3 years)and valves(higher quality, the better)head up the top of your decision list.
What do you think of your Thrillseeker?|
Posted by: YakOfSteel on Apr-19-10 9:33 PM (EST)
And, of course, what are those thoughts based on, ie, what have you run with it?
Posted by: spiritboat on Apr-20-10 2:11 AM (EST)
I bought a used Outcast Power Drifter|
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-18-10 8:11 AM (EST)
yo Big D|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-01-10 2:17 PM (EST)
Its been awhile! I was awol for a couple of years, but I am back. I ended up buying the Straitedge2 and took it out for the first time last sunday.
How about a Straightedge 2 review?|
Posted by: Big_D on Jul-01-10 2:55 PM (EST)
Would love to paddle with you. The last couple years have been real scarce for paddling and fishing. Things are turning around. The kids are old enough to get on the water.
Posted by: old_user on Jul-02-10 8:48 AM (EST)
I will do a review, but let me get her out on the water a couple more times. I ordered a high back seat from austin kayaks, so let me get that in, and take a couple of all day trips and I will write that review. Plus I want to see how she does on a river, not just the big body of water near the house.
Posted by: old_user on Oct-13-11 4:14 PM (EST)
You've had a year, let's have that review :)