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Old 04-09-2014, 03:56 PM   #57
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Here's mine $40, diy priceless. ..

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Old 04-09-2014, 04:13 PM   #58
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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...
Have fun, go fishin'!
I do like the Porta-Bote but it's just that, a boat. There are no special features, live wells, rod holders, etc. There may be some accessories but it's just a folding boat. I like it, but for the weight and money I believe we'll go with a kayak, at least for now.

I've seen some adapters for mounting trolling motors on kayaks. In my state, anything other than people power would require boat registration and property tax payments (annually). Jackson kayaks doesn't offer the pedal push but Native does.

The Big Tuna is 86 lbs but the wife likes it and agrees to help me with loading/unloading and launching. I have to say, for a kayak, it's probably closer to a narrow 14' boat. I've watched a plethora of videos and it's quite impressive.





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Old 04-09-2014, 04:20 PM   #59
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That's pretty cool AND clever Nice photo, nice yak
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:48 PM   #60
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We have a sea eagle inflatable kayak that has served us well. We fish in it with our two dogs and love it. We are really downsizing though and have to sell it, but it has been a great boat and has stood up to dog nails without any problems.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:55 AM   #61
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Your boat is totally tricked out!!
How does the rear cooler work? are you pleased with it's ability to keep things cool?
Thanks and sorry for the delay in response... we're actually in the process of moving to a place where I can use my kayak every day!

The cooler is fantastic! It's lined extremely well and split in half so that you can keep beverages and ice on one side and food and cold packs or ice and fish on the other. I have a fish bag, however, that keeps any dinner I decide to bring home that fits perfectly in the bow of the Native, so no fish have hit the rear cooler yet.

The Native Ultimate's hull design puts your feet beneath the water line which is huge for stability while standing. This isn't my photo, but it clearly shows the stability.



Here's a pic of my native and my buddy's Cuda


Regardless of which vessel you choose, the important thing is to get out there and enjoy it. Pick whatever one is going to help you achieve that the most.

If it were me, I'd write down the top three demands (lightweight, easy to transport, fishable, long distance paddling, stability, tracking, etc) and do my research based on whatever priorities mean the most to you.
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Wow thats good info I want to buy a sit on top but have to start at lower budget but good kayak mine works for now but nothing like a sit On top one...this was my first time using a kayak , fixed it to fish & was happy with it but yeah get a little tiresome without stretching. Right now money to 1977Nancy Airstream lol thats More important lol.

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Wow thats good info I want to buy a sit on top but have to start at lower budget but good kayak mine works for now but nothing like a sit On top one...this was my first time using a kayak , fixed it to fish & was happy with it but yeah get a little tiresome without stretching. Right now money to 1977Nancy Airstream lol thats More important lol.

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Pretty clever on the outriggers Before I saw the videos on the tandem kayaks that's exactly what I was thinking of doing, but putting 2 kayaks side by side. You are an inventive person. Now think of a way to move around in there so you don't get tired of sitting. Maybe you can add a treadmill and use the power to move the boat along.
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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.
Taylormade, can you find out what kind of roof rack supports your friend is using? Are they Malone Saddle Up Pro?

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Taylormade, can you find out what kind of roof rack supports your friend is using? Are they Malone Saddle Up Pro?

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He's got an F250, so he just tosses it in the bed I'm afraid. I've used the Yakima Hully Rollers with the Mako saddles with great success in the past.
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here are a few pics of the rear loader I made up. I used to install automotive parallelogram alignment lifts and thunk up this after a few adult beverages. It is my prototype and i just threw it together with whatever I found in my shop.A 75 yr old female paddler loaded a 95 fishing kayak on my subaru alone! yup and she is not a strong lady, just average paddler.It's all pretty self explanatory. Can also be used for 3/4" MDF sheet goods. just need to respect the load limit of the vehicle cross bars.
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We like to use our canoe for most trips. We combine fishing backpacking in the Sierra Nevada and use the canoes to get across lakes to base camp. Here is a picture of My son and I on a trip across Spicer Meadows Reservoir into Carson Iceberg Wilderness To backpack and fish some really remote areas. The second is at Modesto reservoir with a small rainbow ready to be released. We love the canoe because it is light weight and will transport loads of gear. Plus it is aluminum like our trailer.
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We like to use our canoe for most trips. We combine fishing backpacking in the Sierra Nevada and use the canoes to get across lakes to base camp. Here is a picture of My son and I on a trip across Spicer Meadows Reservoir into Carson Iceberg Wilderness To backpack and fish some really remote areas. The second is at Modesto reservoir with a small rainbow ready to be released. We love the canoe because it is light weight and will transport loads of gear. Plus it is aluminum like our trailer.
Interesting outriggers. Did you make them yourself? We fish from an 18 ft cedar canoe I made 30 years ago. It has a 38" beam and only weighs 76lbs. The addition of the 3rd dog has made it a bit less stable and I have been looking for a solution like you have.
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So two years ago my cardiologist said you need to reduce the stress in your life...do something you liked to do when you were a kid. At my age many of those things can be ruled out...but we have some great fishing here in Western PA so fishing it is.

After taking my sons out for a day of fishing the Juniata River with a local guide, we were hooked. The difference was that we fished from kayaks. The challenge is how to take our Jackson Cuda along with the Airstream. We tow with a Ram 2500 but there is no rack on the roof. For now we either leave the kayak at home or take two vehicles. What a great way to relax.

The sit-on-tops are stable and wide open with lots of room for crates, tackle boxes, coolers, ect. Looking forward to another fishing/camping season here in the Northeast...

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