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#11054528 - 08/20/15 09:51 PM Feel free kayaks?
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Has anyone tried these kayaks? moken 12

I'm thinking hard about getting into kayak tourney fishing around DFW area. So this is all new to me and looking at tons of blogs and website trying figure out how I can find best option for me without being too big s burden on pocket book.
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#11054569 - 08/20/15 10:14 PM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: wackEmaster]
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There are many kayaks to try. Id be happy to show you santa cruz raptors.
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#11054870 - 08/21/15 07:00 AM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: wackEmaster]
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If you are new to kayaking it's important to figure out first how you will transport the kayak, and the easiest on the pocketbook is to cartop or in the bed of a pickup.
There are many of the high/low seat kayaks that weigh in the neighborhood of 80 to 100# and you don't want to have to lift that weight to a cartop after a day on the water especially.
A trailer no problem, but then again it's pocket book.
A trend I see with tourney anglers is peddle kayaks which again is heavy on the pocketbook.
I would suggest getting something that is going to have room and is stable and still have enough speed to get from point a to point b with the least amount of effort so something in a 13' to 14' length would be your best bet with a rudder.
As mentioned there are a ton of choices and looking at the used kayaks is something to consider since there are a lot of good deals to be had.
Good luck!
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#11054874 - 08/21/15 07:04 AM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: wackEmaster]
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Mariner Sails is probably closest to you. They have several brands in the showroom that you wont find at big box stores. I also recommend you come to the big demo day at White Rock Lake on Aug 29. There will be several kayaks there, all for you to try.

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#11054973 - 08/21/15 08:02 AM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: C-Frog]
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Originally Posted By: C-Frog
Mariner Sails is probably closest to you. They have several brands in the showroom that you wont find at big box stores. I also recommend you come to the big demo day at White Rock Lake on Aug 29. There will be several kayaks there, all for you to try.


This.
Feel free has probably the least comfortable handles out there. Also the wheel in the rear...what a joke.
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#11055106 - 08/21/15 09:06 AM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: wackEmaster]
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I totally agree with Christian and Cody. Plus you also have to factor in they are made in China, and their rail system sucks a big one. You have to either buy their accessory or buy adapters to make them work.. Come out to the Mariner Sails Demo day at White Rock on Aug 29. They will have every Kayak there for you to try out..
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#11055392 - 08/21/15 11:17 AM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: wackEmaster]
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Not to mention you will have several experienced guys out there to talk to. We all paddle/pedal different kayaks, so you will get various perspectives, pros, cons, etc. Our demo days are always good times and you usually walk away with some new fishing buddies.

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#11055409 - 08/21/15 11:24 AM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: wackEmaster]
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I own a Feel free Moken 10.5 ft. kayak. It is extremely stable, wide and sits high out the water. The drawback is it is heavy and slow. It works well in ponds and creeks but covering ground in a lake is a challenge.

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#11055443 - 08/21/15 11:40 AM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: wackEmaster]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Mat,
I too recommend coming to the Mariner Sails demo event next Saturday.
They will have the Feel Free Kayaks there for you to try in addition to many other brands.
What works for you may not be the same thing that others like.
Come demo as many different brands as you want and decide for yourself.

I hope to see you there.

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#11055611 - 08/21/15 12:49 PM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: wackEmaster]
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Should an old fat guy with back pain consider a kayak?
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#11055623 - 08/21/15 12:56 PM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: grandpa75672]
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Originally Posted By: grandpa75672
Should an old fat guy with back pain consider a kayak?


Go to one of the demo days and try one out!....That's what they are for! cheers
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#11055635 - 08/21/15 01:03 PM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: grandpa75672]
christian myrick Offline
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Originally Posted By: grandpa75672
Should an old fat guy with back pain consider a kayak?


Yes!!! Paddling is very low impact. Not like weights. Its as easy or hard as you wanna make it. It may strengthen your back so the pain goes away.
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#11055662 - 08/21/15 01:15 PM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: christian myrick]
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Originally Posted By: christian myrick
Originally Posted By: grandpa75672
Should an old fat guy with back pain consider a kayak?


Yes!!! Paddling is very low impact. Not like weights. Its as easy or hard as you wanna make it. It may strengthen your back so the pain goes away.


Yes it's relaxing for us old guys with back pain, but I'll tell you from experience you need a kayak with a comfortable well cushioned adjustable seat so you can re-position frequently.
Also for an old guy with back pain you will need to think about the weight of the kayak and what is extremely important is how you will transport it.
Even lifting a 70# kayak one end first into a truck bed can be a chore that can hurt you.
A trailer would be my recommendation if you have any kind of back problems. Then the weight of a kayak would be a minimal issue.
Most people will try to sell you on a certain brand and not consider the above mentioned concerns but it's best to try out as many as possible and find one that you can sit in comfortably for a few hours at a time.
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#11055715 - 08/21/15 01:40 PM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: grandpa75672]
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Originally Posted By: grandpa75672
Should an old fat guy with back pain consider a kayak?


This was a big issue for me and my Moken Kayak. Even with the upgraded Kingfisher seat I was in pain after an hour. I gave up the kayak until I decided to install a marine seat into the scupper holes. That made a significant difference. A lot of the new kayaks, like the Feel free Lure have outstanding seats that can be adjusted up or down. Being able to raise yourself up off the floor will relieve most of the stress on your back. The drawback to this is it raises your center of gravity and makes it easier to get tossed in the water when a big wave hits you side on.

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#11056199 - 08/21/15 05:46 PM Re: Feel free kayaks? [Re: christian myrick]
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Originally Posted By: christian myrick
There are many kayaks to try. Id be happy to show you santa cruz raptors.
I too am looking at kayaks and Santa Cruz is on my list ...are you using the upgrade seats on yours and do you use the cart to haul it from vehicle?

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