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Old 03-26-2014, 11:07 PM   #29
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You may want to consider a Hobie Tandem Island Kayak. Here is the link Mirage Tandem Island : Islands : Hobie Cat.

Also here is a link to an Airstreamer with the Tandem Island and how he truck tops it.

Car-Topping the Hobie Tandem Island (Step-by-Step) - Riveted

Kayaking in the Sammamish Slough - Riveted

It can also be used as a sailboat.

Afternoon Sail in the Columbia River - Riveted

I'm thinking of going this way because it is so versatile. However, a little pricy.
We just bought the AS this year so pricey is out of the question
Those are some really great photos and I enjoyed a small kayak on the Potomac. At our age, getting in and out would be the challenge and fishing would be difficult. We may just bank fish this year and keep looking for a solution to present itself next summer.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:21 PM   #30
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I don't fish much

I'm a crabber, from a kayak.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:04 AM   #31
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Hello richw46:

I car-top my 13 foot Gregor aluminum boat on my suburban using an IDE loader. I can do it myself with little effort!

Enjoy!
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:42 AM   #32
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I car-top my 13 foot Gregor aluminum boat on my suburban using an IDE loader. I can do it myself with little effort!

Enjoy!
Suburbans seem to be just the right length for this. I received a photo of one with a 12' boat on it. If I can fit one on my 4Runner it might be the solution.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:31 AM   #33
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Kayak for me, but spring for a good one that suits your fishing wants/needs the best. Line like Jackson and Native Watercraft make excellent fishing 'yaks. I love my Native!


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Old 03-27-2014, 11:24 AM   #34
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Kayak for me, but spring for a good one that suits your fishing wants/needs the best. Line like Jackson and Native Watercraft make excellent fishing 'yaks. I love my Native!

I viewed some of the Jackson kayak videos and they seem to be quite stable and roomy. The kayak people are winning me over . It appears that with the difference in weight and width it would be easier to put that on the TV roof. The Big Tuna is the one I was looking at, seems to be the most family oriented.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:29 PM   #35
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Did someone say "BIG TUNA"

Great boat for crabbing,fishing or just plain fun. Very stable and not bad at all in the surf zone.
Here's one I was asked to do an evaluation of last year. The boat was a pleasure to work, a bit more weight than I'm used to / yup monster crabs!
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:55 PM   #36
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Porta Bote will answer all your needs. The attached are pictures of the maiden voyage of ours.

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How do you carry the Portabote? I think the 12.5' weighs about 86 lbs. I was hoping to carry it on top of my TV but that's a lot of weight to struggle up and down.

How does it handle on the water when there are waves?
What size outboard do you use?
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:42 PM   #37
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What kind of price are we talking about? You have to contact them if you want a quote.
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Port-bote is having a spring sale. I just received pricing information in the mail this past week. Here is how things are priced at the moment...

Free shipping. (normally, $149); $200 off the following (normal) prices; free bote opener (see it here,
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I am planning on an inflatable with electric motor. Cheap and light weight. Check out Sevylor as they have several different models.
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I've been sailing for a while and I've had all types of dinghys. IMHO anyone that buys an inflatable that is not made of Hypalon is wasting their money. In addition, inflatables are very difficult to row compared to a hard dinghy. We have an 8' Porta-bote that weighs in @ less than 60# and is easily handled by one person on and off the top of our TV. Power is a 3.5 Nissan.

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I viewed some of the Jackson kayak videos and they seem to be quite stable and roomy. The kayak people are winning me over . It appears that with the difference in weight and width it would be easier to put that on the TV roof. The Big Tuna is the one I was looking at, seems to be the most family oriented.
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Great boat for crabbing,fishing or just plain fun. Very stable and not bad at all in the surf zone.
Here's one I was asked to do an evaluation of last year. The boat was a pleasure to work, a bit more weight than I'm used to / yup monster crabs!
The Big Tuna is a monster. A very good friend of mine has one. It's extremely stable as he can stand with both feet on one side and not submerge it. It's also got the whole live well thing going for it, which is pretty cool. Two of my other friends have the Jackson Cudas and I have to say those are very well thought out fishing boats as well.
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Taylormade;
Your boat is totally tricked out!!
How does the rear cooler work? are you pleased with it's ability to keep things cool?
Headwaters Kayak shop in Lodi has become sort of the go to place for fishing kayaks here in northern Calif. Dan, the owner has a video somewhere of shooting some rapids in a Jackson Cuda. pretty impressive. I'm a fan of "Jackson" boats. tho that NW of yours is nice. Only problem with rotomoulded boats is the weight!!! The "Eddyline Carribou 14" is worthy of a few looks. ( something like 45 lbs)
All these boats crab well...
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What kind of price are we talking about? You have to contact them if you want a quote.
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Port-bote is having a spring sale. I just received pricing information in the mail this past week. Here is how things are priced at the moment...

Free shipping. (normally, $149); $200 off the following (normal) prices; free bote opener (see it here, and set of oars and locks (I think this might be a normal, every day deal) and the first ... so many people (first 10, actually, or so says the ad) get a free swivel chair.

8-ft= $1799
10-ft = 1999
12-ft = $2099
14-ft = $2359

Hope this helps, and no, I am not affiliated, I just recently requested pricing and thought I could help.

If you decide to purchase, I would love to know your thoughts.
Thanks
I too requested and received their catalog along with the special sale pricing. It is very attractive, I must say. I'm really torn between the kayaks and the Portabote.
We have 4 requirements:
1. Must be able to stand up and cast (wife's)
2. Must fit both of us in the same boat
3. Must be able to fit on top of my '04 4Runner
4. Must be able to be loaded by me without too much difficulty

I am definitely wanting to be under the $2K mark, total outlay. There is a kayak outfitter not too far from here. We may mosey over sometime this week. The Big Tuna kayak is 14.5'. As I measure that alongside the 4Runner, the bow is over the hood scoop and the stern is just past the hitch, almost to the propane cover. That's tight
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