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Old 04-06-2014, 03:03 PM   #43
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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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Hi Ron, thanks for the quick response.

The literature they sent me says 56 lbs. is the maximum motor weight for up to the 12.6' model. The weights are (excluding seats and oars):
8.6' 68 lbs.
10.8 ' 78 lbs. ($1,799 until 4/16)
12.6' 87 lbs.

I think we're going to look at the kayaks this week, if I can get momma to leave the house.
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:20 PM   #44
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Ok so here is a pic of our boat we use to own.but I would get a two seater kayak and do simple things like little tackle, small drinks ,one hand folded net ...Yup folded net, stringer, two open face rods 6 or 7 ft only.caps, long sleeve shirts , oooh get the floating bopper ice chest to hold drinks/food...that start a lol.bait bucket (shrimp) .REMEMBER anything with a motor gas or electric requires tags by law

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Old 04-07-2014, 03:22 PM   #45
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:15 PM   #46
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Definitely love our inflatable kayak! Packs small and light...inflates on no time and is very durable!
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:43 PM   #48
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We are also looking for an inflatable Anyone know anything about these?
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:54 PM   #49
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Ok so here is a pic of our boat we use to own.but I would get a two seater kayak and do simple things like little tackle, small drinks ,one hand folded net ...Yup folded net, stringer, two open face rods 6 or 7 ft only.caps, long sleeve shirts , oooh get the floating bopper ice chest to hold drinks/food...that start a lol.bait bucket (shrimp) .REMEMBER anything with a motor gas or electric requires tags by law

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What kind of boat is that? Looks to be some sort of small pontoon. Did you carry it on top of your TV?
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:52 PM   #50
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:46 AM   #51
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Research so far

I've been researching 2 kayaks and the Portabote. The Portabote is somewhat heavy but the length to fit on top of my 4Runner is good. Of the 2 kayaks, one is shorter and wider than the other but also considerably heavier.

Right now I'm leaning toward the Big Tuna:
- Shorter, will fit my TV better
- Heavier, will be more difficult to load but no heavier than Porta-Bote
- Cost is the same as the Porta-Bote but may be able to haggle on price
- Easier to paddle without a motor (kayaks move easily on the water)
- Stability is very good, can even stand and cast, sit on the gunnels, etc.

The Big Tuna has more pros than cons at this point. I'll have to see what the dealership says about the price on the Native Ultimate, they were closed yesterday and no response yet today. Both kayaks are available from the same dealership but Jackson has MSRP on their website, Native doesn't. We'll need to make another trip to the dealer.


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Old 04-09-2014, 12:05 PM   #52
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I don't fish, but we own a couple Hobie Kayaks with the mirage drive. They make models set up especially with fishing in mind. With the Mirage drive, you pedal as you would on a recumbent bike. This give the advantage of mobility while keeping your hands free for fishing or raising crab pots.


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We use kayaks, at least for now.

We've been using kayaks for a number of years. Yakima racks on our camper shell hold the two boats and our bikes. We currently use Wilderness Systems 140s, sit on tops, very flexible in use, stable and not overly bulky. HOWEVER, those Hobie kayaks do keep your hands free for casting and photo shots. We also are considering rear mounted motors for big lakes and off-shore options.
Who knows, you may see us in a porta boat in a few years...
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My wife and I have been fishing together for years. Our favorite bait is dollar bills and our favorite spots are restaurants and church fish fries. No fish to clean and no clean up after cooking.
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I don't fish, but we own a couple Hobie Kayaks with the mirage drive. They make models set up especially with fishing in mind. With the Mirage drive, you pedal as you would on a recumbent bike. This give the advantage of mobility while keeping your hands free for fishing or raising crab pots.
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I've seen the pedal power ones. I like that the pedals are in the front, where the wife will be sitting. OTOH, she says the peaceful splash of the paddles is much nicer than the noisy pedals.
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I've seen the pedal power ones. I like that the pedals are in the front, where the wife will be sitting. OTOH, she says the peaceful splash of the paddles is much nicer than the noisy pedals.

Actually the tandem ones have two sets of peddles. On our singles we can go fast enough to make a foamy bow wave and a very substantial wake, Way faster than the paddlers we pass.



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