Looking For a Kayak

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Re: Looking For a Kayak

Post by cheaterparts » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:59 am

croe04 wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:48 pm
Also worth considering visibility, I deliberately bought a bright yellow yak so that I can be seen easily. I wouldn't go buying blue/deep green/black yaks because its harder for people to spot you on the water. Weight is also a thing to consider, yaks that weigh 30kgs+ are not only going to suck to transport but will be slow, and make it harder for you to get places quick when you need to.
A lot of these cheapo kayaks come with a gimmicky 'stadium seat', which is just mimicking a hobie's seat. All this does is cause the yak to be more unstable, consequentally making it wider, which makes it heaveir and slower. Not something you want.
This became a bit of a buyer beware when coming to buying a kayak, but if you wanna look into some more advice on what models to pick based on specific factors, you should read this thread - http://www.fishing-victoria.com/viewto ... ilit=kayak
I posted it a while back while I was looking for a yak and heaps of helpful advice was posted that will probably help your decision too.

cheers.
I have to agree Visibility on the water is a must -- boating guys have enough problems seeing us at the best of times - make that chore as easy as possible
I still don't get the camo colours or dull colours - bright yellow - white - orange or anything that stands out on the water is the go and fish don't care what colour your kayak is

Weight does make a difference just leaving all the fishing gear off the kayak and paddling it you feel the difference in drag
and thats on a well designed kayak - most cheapies are a poor design to start with
it takes a fair amount of playing around with design to get the hull drag down and even small amounts of extra weight changes the drag quite a bit

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When designing this fast sea kayak it was surprising the difference a few kg mean to drag figures
before the race that I built it for I even dieted to reduce my weight and this kayak at 575 meters long weighed 18 kg ( still a bit heavy I would do better next time )

and seats - yes lift the centre of gravity what a great idea ( not ) this makes a kayak less stable both primary and secondary so to over come this lets just make the kayak wider and worse to paddle

wide kayaks have more drag - more windage ( harder to paddle in a wind ) and some thing most dont think of it makes it harder to get a good paddle stroke
this all makes the paddling part of kayak fishing a lot worse
My kayak PBs
Gummy shark 128 Cm - Elephant fish 85 Cm - Snapper 91 Cm - KG Whiting 49 Cm - Flathead 55 Cm - Garfish 47 Cm - Silver Trevally 40 Cm - Long Tail Tuna 86 Cm - snook 64 Cm - Couta 71 Cm - Sth Calamari 44 Cm hood - Cobia 117 cm


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Re: Looking For a Kayak

Post by 4liters » Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:18 pm

A prowler just went up for sale too, no idea what they want for it but they’re a nice design
2015/16 Fisting Victoria Species comp total: 289cm
Brown Trout: 37cm
Flathead: 51cm; Squid: 36cm; Australian Salmon: 51cm; Snapper 46cm; Silver Trevally 23cm; KGW: 45cm
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Re: Looking For a Kayak

Post by mingle » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:52 am

There's a bargain Wavedance Kingfisher with cart and paddle on Facebook atm for a mere $325, which seems a bargain...

If you're on FB, go to market place and search for "Kayak 4.1m wavedance"

No connection to me btw...

Cheers,

Mike.

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