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#11493719 - 03/22/16 01:38 PM Inflatable kayaks
love2flyfish Offline
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Registered: 06/12/14
Posts: 42
Loc: Tyler, Texas
For storage and transportation reasons I am considering an inflatable fishing kayak.
Will be used on ponds, lakes and creeks, primarily fly fishing but also come conventional
fishing. Just wondered if anybody has used one.

https://www.seaeagle.com/ExplorerKayaks/380x (example)

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#11493781 - 03/22/16 02:13 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
Rhino68W Offline
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Why are you not considering a real kayak? Serious question. Those inflatables are not very good or trustworthy IMHO.
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#11493842 - 03/22/16 02:38 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: Rhino68W]
love2flyfish Offline
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Registered: 06/12/14
Posts: 42
Loc: Tyler, Texas
Originally Posted By: Rhino68W
Why are you not considering a real kayak? Serious question. Those inflatables are not very good or trustworthy IMHO.


Space requirement to store and transportation to fishing sight are the issue. I don't know anyone who has fished out of one so the reason for
the question. Are they really unstable? Don't know. The reviews from owners appear to be good. Just gathering info before I pull the trigger.

What would be your suggestion on a hard body kayak?

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#11493882 - 03/22/16 02:56 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
Tallgrass05 Offline
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What is your means of transportation? How much storage space do you have? No 12-13' length of empty space in a room or garage?
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#11493892 - 03/22/16 03:00 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
Searsay Offline
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Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 156
Loc: Lewisville TX
You might want to look at some of the smaller kayaks - I currently run out of an ocean kayak frenzy now and sold my inflatable once i got it.

I used an inflatable for years when i lived in NYC - but i was constantly having to patch it (i run them hard)- and it really wasn't that much of a space saving - though the inflatable did fit in a nice square space compared to a hard kayak.

Having had both - unless your planning on flying places then kayaking - i'd recommend looking at a hard kayak more than the inflatable. If you are traveling a LOT (flying) - the inflatable is a good solution. If your driving - go with a small hard kayak smile

hope that helps!

PS - though it is probably a bit overloaded i fit a myself, a crate, two rod holders, and a fish finder on my little frenzy when i want to. When i run lighter - its a fun paddle (though not always the most effecient) juggle


Edited by Searsay (03/22/16 03:02 PM)

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#11493893 - 03/22/16 03:00 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
AdanV Offline
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Registered: 04/03/10
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Loc: Katy, TX
I have never paddled an inflatable.
When I was living in an apartment, I was scouring the interwebs for an inflatable specifically due to storage reasons.

However, I kept running into negative reviews after negative reviews on all inflatables. Most of these negative reviews were due to the life & reliability.
(First 3 trips were fine, then people have been noticing a stream of bubbles coming from underneath, but I'm not sure whether they were taking good care of them or not). The other negative reviews were about the traction and paddling.

Since my kayaking trips would involve being in very close proximity to oyster reefs, broken shell, sunken timber, rocks, etc I knew I that an inflatable was out of the question and a rotomolded or poly kayak would be the only real option.

So I had then scour around for someone who would allow me to store the kayak at their place.
Fortunately, my bosses at work allowed me to store it there until I got my house.
So you may want to ask around to see if someone will store it for you.

As far as transportation, there's lots of options that can help you load them, even on compact cars.
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#11493900 - 03/22/16 03:03 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
stewage Offline
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Registered: 03/13/15
Posts: 139
Loc: Lake Dallas
I totally understand the storage and transportation issues. I ended up hanging my kayaks upside down on the ceiling of my garage. Its a pain to get them in and get them out, and since its only an 8 foot ceiling, its not uncommon for me to knock my head on them when I'm not paying attention.

The inflatables will work, if you have the will to use them. After all, a fishing boat is any boat that you fish from. Especially since you're fly fishing, you won't have the need to mount all the doodads like rod holders and fish finders.

That being said, you can probably swing a used sit in kayak for WAY less. They can be much lighter than sit on tops, which makes moving them around easier.

Storage, however, is something only you can figure out. But for that price, you could get a $200 used sit in kayak and throw it in your back yard, use it all summer, then let the elements destroy it. When it finally breaks down, just go buy another one. Rinse and repeat 5 times and you're sitting at $1000 again for the price of that inflatable.

It really all depends on your ability to get transport the kayak(both your physical limitations as well as automobile limitations) and if you have an empty 12 feet of space you can keep the kayak. If you have to climb 3 flights of stairs to get your kayak into an apartment, maybe the inflatable is your only option.

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#11493918 - 03/22/16 03:08 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: Tallgrass05]
love2flyfish Offline
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Registered: 06/12/14
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Loc: Tyler, Texas
Originally Posted By: Tallgrass05
What is your means of transportation? How much storage space do you have? No 12-13' length of empty space in a room or garage?


I have a small SUV type. I can carry on top but that is not my first choice. I have a very narrow 2 car garage but our HOA requires both cars in the garage
so that is proving to be a problem. I can store outside but not sure if that is a good idea.

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#11493932 - 03/22/16 03:14 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
Searsay Offline
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Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 156
Loc: Lewisville TX
So as stated i use a frenzy - which is probably one of the smaller kayaks a grown man can use - smile

1) my kayak actually fits inside my mini-van when i pull seats out... and I can easily throw it on my roof rack.
2) i store it using this - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PEU...arch_detailpage

I pulled off the hooks and bolted a bar to the pulley - that bar mounts a simple sling that gets my kayak (and probably most kayak's - as most are not that much taller than mine) above the garage door & rails (so it can open and close). This lets me open/close my garage + park my car when needed - just make sure you mount the system to some structure in your ceiling.

Only thing i can't do - is mount the kayak on top when the car is in the garage... wouldn't fit out the door.


Edited by Searsay (03/22/16 03:15 PM)

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#11493959 - 03/22/16 03:28 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: Searsay]
love2flyfish Offline
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Registered: 06/12/14
Posts: 42
Loc: Tyler, Texas
i store it using this - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PEU...arch_detailpage

Thanks, that may solve my storage problem. I will have to measure tonight.

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#11493998 - 03/22/16 03:39 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
Searsay Offline
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Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 156
Loc: Lewisville TX
I'll try to take/post some pics for you if i get to it - but if you do the bar/sling right (replacing the hooks) - you can basically get the kayak right up against the ceiling. I get my kayak above the garage door into a space only 12" high (measured from top of rail to ceiling).

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#11494008 - 03/22/16 03:42 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
stewage Offline
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Registered: 03/13/15
Posts: 139
Loc: Lake Dallas
Originally Posted By: love2flyfish
i store it using this - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PEU...arch_detailpage

Thanks, that may solve my storage problem. I will have to measure tonight.


In my garage, that wasn't an option as it just didn't get the kayaks close enough to the ceiling.

I ended up using 4 of these http://www.harborfreight.com/set-of-2-1-inch-x-12-ft-lashing-straps-67386.html

I drilled 4 eye bolts into the ceiling. Threaded the straps through both eye bolts and tied them off with a long tag. Looped the tag through the buckle and put and just lower and raise the kayaks one side at a time. Its a PITA but there is only about 2 inches of air above the kayaks.

If you have a higher ceiling, I would certainly go with the bike pulleys.

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#11494029 - 03/22/16 03:51 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
Tallgrass05 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 39972
Loc: Kansas
Those inflatables look like they would paddle like a barge. There are a lot of used kayaks out there you can try out. NRS has a webbed kayak sling that attaches to the ceiling or a wall. There are many similar options.
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#11494693 - 03/22/16 09:46 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
Linecaster Offline
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Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 1065
Loc: Richardson TX
This is a sturdy hard to puncture inflatable that as you can see has a comfortable seat too.

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#11494923 - 03/22/16 11:10 PM Re: Inflatable kayaks [Re: love2flyfish]
charlief1 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/15
Posts: 298
Loc: Hillsnowhere in Central Texas
One of my friends bought a pontoon style boat and loves it. I know it's not a yak and has 2 oars, but he's had it for several years and has had no issues. He said he paid $325 for it and it will fit in the trunk of a for focus. It may be the solution you're looking for
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