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#11016715 - 08/03/15 10:51 AM First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy)
upchurch_k Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/01/08
Posts: 119
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Well I was finally able to pull the trigger and get my ATAK, big thanks to Dave and Aris at Mariner Sails for all the help, seriously if you haven't checked them out yet do yourself a favor and go! First off this kayak is CRAZY stable, being a big guy and being able to stand up paddle/fish is awesome! The boat is really comfortable, plenty of leg room, the Air Pro Max seat is every bit as comfortable as your couch at home, the rail systems were well thought out with everything in easy reach, plenty of storage in the front and back hatches, the Flex Pod makes rigging your graph easy and clean, the rear tank well easily fits a crate with room to spare . It paddles easily, cuts the wind and its a dry ride, she is a beast though, if you don't have a cart you better have a buddy near by for loading unloading, and she's long, all in all I couldn't be more happy with this boat!










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#11016731 - 08/03/15 10:58 AM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
RonL Offline
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Registered: 07/09/14
Posts: 569
Loc: W.Texas
WOW , Nice rig ! IF you don't mind my asking what's the ballpark figure for a setup like that ?
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#11016771 - 08/03/15 11:19 AM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
pontiactech Offline
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Registered: 03/18/12
Posts: 1024
Loc: Haltom City Tx
Nice Kevin!!!!!!!!!!

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#11016795 - 08/03/15 11:36 AM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 7340
Loc: Van Alstyne, TX USA
Great review and awesome pics!!!
Congrats on your new ride!!!

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#11016822 - 08/03/15 11:51 AM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: RonL]
upchurch_k Offline
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Registered: 07/01/08
Posts: 119
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Originally Posted By: RonL
WOW , Nice rig ! IF you don't mind my asking what's the ballpark figure for a setup like that ?


Ron the boat itself was $1795, accessories were probably somewhere between $400-$500. I keep telling myself that it's an investment, it takes the sting out a little bit!
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#11016861 - 08/03/15 12:08 PM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
formula462 Offline
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Registered: 09/08/13
Posts: 1598
Loc: arlington, tx
I don't know I have a pretty good couch

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#11016925 - 08/03/15 12:30 PM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: formula462]
Astro77 Offline
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Registered: 06/03/13
Posts: 940
Loc: Tyler, TX
Originally Posted By: formula462
I don't know I have a pretty good couch


Haha I was going to say the same...
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#11016969 - 08/03/15 12:49 PM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
upchurch_k Offline
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Registered: 07/01/08
Posts: 119
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
I thought my couch was pretty good too, but I haven't figured out a way to catch fish off my couch yet! I'm hoping Wilderness will come up with something like this soon.

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#11016991 - 08/03/15 01:00 PM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
Brad R Offline
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1406
Loc: Texas
Kevin, that is a lovely kayak!

What lake are you on in the photo? It looks a bit like Wheeler Branch with the pavilion in the background, yet different.

If you are out of Ft. Worth, that'd be one of the best lakes to spend a day on your new vessel: nice fishery, clear water, etc. And, it has plenty of variety: deep open water, coves and points, a small island, a woody area back in one creek channel, and more.

A nice collection of friendly kayakers down there, too, most weekends.

Sure hope the weather is as nice this coming weekend as it was this past one.

Brad

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#11017219 - 08/03/15 02:42 PM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: Brad R]
upchurch_k Offline
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Registered: 07/01/08
Posts: 119
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Originally Posted By: Brad R
Kevin, that is a lovely kayak!

What lake are you on in the photo? It looks a bit like Wheeler Branch with the pavilion in the background, yet different.

If you are out of Ft. Worth, that'd be one of the best lakes to spend a day on your new vessel: nice fishery, clear water, etc. And, it has plenty of variety: deep open water, coves and points, a small island, a woody area back in one creek channel, and more.

A nice collection of friendly kayakers down there, too, most weekends.

Sure hope the weather is as nice this coming weekend as it was this past one.

Brad


Brad that actually was Wheeler Branch, we went to go check it out since we had never been. It's an awesome little lake, I don't think I have been on water that clear ever, I was watching bass in the grass 9ft down.
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#11017389 - 08/03/15 03:50 PM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
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Registered: 03/25/09
Posts: 9902
woot

Specs

Length: 14' 1"

Width: 34"

Max Capacity: 550 lb

Deck Height: 15.50"

Weight: 86 lb

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#11017831 - 08/03/15 07:10 PM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
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Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 5605
Loc: Fort Worth
Nice rig. cheers The ATAK is a beast!

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#11017875 - 08/03/15 07:27 PM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
Jimbo Online   content
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15886
Loc: South Texas
The manufacturers keep coming out with these models and it's driving me crazy!

Nice! thumb
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#11018572 - 08/04/15 02:00 AM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
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Pro Angler

Registered: 04/11/08
Posts: 933
Loc: Grand Prairie
Congrats on the new Yak Kevin!!!

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#11018817 - 08/04/15 08:21 AM Re: First thoughts on my new ATAK! (Pic Heavy) [Re: upchurch_k]
Todd™ Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 3429
Loc: On my kayak
cheers Congrats Kevin! They are awesome yaks and I'll be getting one soon. Just not sure which of my other yaks I want to part with. wife says that 5 kayaks is too many so one has to go. We've always said that there is no kayak that is perfect in every way so maybe that's why I have 4 kayaks now. That being said this kayak can replace my Ride and my Commander with it's stability and open water ability. When the peddles come out it could replace my Hobie. A kayak that has peddles and it paddles better than a lot of paddle kayaks would be great. They've done really good in the design of this kayak.
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