Rated 5 out of 5 by JBaxter Great Kayak
I purchased this kayak three weeks ago. After reading the reviews I initially planned to silicone all the hatches. However, I opted to tighten all the screws on the kayak. I'm glad I did because many were loose. I took the kayak out on a river here in North Carolina. I was on the water for seven hours and went approximately 3 miles. I was fishing throughout the day. I was very impressed with the stability and performance. I'm 6'1" and 290 lbs. The kayak held up great. I checked all the hatches and there wasn't even a quarter cup of water in the hull. The following day I went out for about four hours. The conditions were much different. Very windy and light rain. There were white caps it was so windy. This gave me a great opportunity to use my anchor and trolley system. The trolley system worked well and was able to put me in the position I wanted to fish. At the end of the day again, I had less then a quarter cup of water in the hull. Overall I'm very satisfied and would recommend this product.
March 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SaltwaterPro79 Great Kayak for Fishing
I was researching for a kayak to fish shallow water and after searching several websites. I came across this one, which looked awesome with it's features. It tracks well and floats on inches of water. It could take in water because around the storage compartments it's not sealed to well from the factory. I'd recommend buying some sealant just to give it 100% waterproof seal all around openings so that water can't get in. I'm tall so for anyone who's looking to find a kayak with leg room this one is great! It's also really stable and doesn't flip over unless you're trying to flip it. The fact that it comes with a adjustable seat/swivel is great because you can add a seat pedestal for more height and maneuvering around the kayak.
January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishandsail Well Worth It
First review ever. Anywhere.
I bought this boat after considerable research. My desire was to have a second "bass boat" for getting to those hard to reach spots and get some exercise while in that pursuit. I hate fishing sitting down and so being able to stand on the thing was a high priority. I sail small boats and have reasonably good balance as a result, so I thought a kayak might be a better solution than a jon or pontoon boat. Additionally, rowing is a form of cross training for sailing and as I have some shoulder issues I figured the yak might help.
Sea trials were affected in the Gulf on 18 July. I bought the thing on the way to Ft. Morgan (Al.) and took it straight to the water. It was rough (1 to 3 ft. seas and 15 kt.s of wind) with a ripping current, so the red (no swimming flags) were flying. I got it out through the surf (pulling it) boarded and paddled upwind and current for a mile which took about 20 minutes. The boat tracked remarkably straight and rode well but with little reserve boyancy in the bow, it punched waves regularly and yes, took on water through the hatches which lack gasketing and, I suspect (as others here have noted), the harware bedding leaks. Nothing ring seals and polybutylene can't cure. Next I stood up. It was rough with small rythmic ocean waves and a nasty chop on top of them so I had to concentrate to keep it under foot but I tried it several times, for minutes at a time, and never once fell or flipped. I paddled down wind (and waves) and got back to the point of origin in about ten minutes then tried to paddle it through the surf to the beach. Flipped twice, made it the third time. When i got it on the beach I drained about four gallons of water which explains why it would trip on the bow when I got on a wave coming in. I've spent three days in similar conditions doing pretty much the same thing with the same results and had my kids and their cousins (teenagers will try anything) on it when I wasn't, so the boat got plenty of use and abuse. We lost the drain plug (somebody, ok me, forgot to screw it down after one of the drainings) and I once had to swin out to retrieve the paddle after my neice had a particularly spectacular wipeout ( a spectra leash was installed thereafter---- to the paddle, not the neice), but otherwise, the boat took all we could give it. It will never see salt water again. Thats not what it's for and not why I bought it.
Yes, the boat takes water. It's a kayak. If you want to see boats reallly taking water look up the Finn or VX One on youtube. You'll see why I don't care about water in the boat. Yes it's heavy. I purchased the scupper mounted dolly and can't give it enough praise ---- drug the boat through 100 yards of sand and back without bogging down. I don't plan on cartopping the boat because I have a suitable trailer which gets me better gas mileage but, if I were to car top, I'd plan on bringing a small block and tackle and finding a tree limb high enough to get the boat and my vehicle under it. Otherwise bring a buddy to get the thing on the car. By way of disclosure, I'm 5' 10" 180 lbs., 54 years old and reasonably fit. I expect I could muscle the thing on top the SUV but I doubt that's how the Egyptians built the pyramids and I'm smart enough to create some leverage where needed.
I have no doubts about stand up fishing on this boat. I'm after bass, in rivers and lakes, not marlin on the high seas. I'll likely change the rod holder set up as I don't see having all those rods sticking up around me while I'm flippin and pitching, and I haven't figured out where to put the fishfinder (open to any and all suggestions) and will extend the anchor trolley to get the anchor line to the back and/or front of the boat. The rod launcher is a piece of junk which would become a fishfinder but for the location being too far aft. There may be a Scotty in my future but I won't make that call 'til I find out if I'll even use the launcher. Otherwise I won't change anything.
Lifes a trade off. If you want fast, you lose stability. If you want light, you lose accommodation. If you want to catch tuna, get a Contender. I'll be paddling this thing up into the trees and pitching a brush hog just to see what lurks. Cheers.
July 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by cadetduke Great for the price
Prior to this year I hadn't gone fishing since my grandfather passed many years ago. It wasn't until my father-in-law took me out on his boat that the interest returned. So having said that I decided I wanted to buy something to get me out on the water. First I looked at float tubes, then inflatable pontoons and finally decided on a kayak. I didn't want to spend much for one and almost got a different kayak but my wife convinced me to spend the extra money on this one. I have now taken it out three times and it's been a great deal so far, so good that my wife wants the same one.
The only issues I've come across are that there is no good place to put a portable fish finder on it. I was going to install on but chose a portable one instead because being new to all of this I didn't want to drill holes and install a transducer. I'll just have to come up with a mount for it.
Also, the hull did take in water, once, but it was raining pretty steadily that day so I'll take the advice of another person and get some waterproof marine goop. I took it out twice over the holiday weekend in calm water and only had to drain maybe a half cup of water when I got out of the lake.
The front rod holders are of no use to me, but maybe when I get comfortable and start standing I'll be able to take advantage of it. The read rod holders and the "scotty" type rod holder are in good position for me. The only thing I didn't check was if there was a cleat for an anchor since I'm new to this.
I bought a cheap pulley system ($25) for the garage that supports 100lbs and it literally takes less than 5 minutes to hang it from the ceiling including pulling it into the garage and untying it from the roof of my two door civic. It was also easy loading it onto the car.
The kayak is heavy, but I was able to load it and unload it from the roof by myself. The ascend scupper cart (two wheel) makes it really easy to transport it to the lake and back. It's still easier with two people but was very possible just by myself.
The price is unbeatable and was very worth it but will take some modifications to have it just the way I want it. Every day I think of something else to improve the use of it but each person is different,
July 8, 2013