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#11891260 - 10/20/16 04:19 PM Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500
JJ4MEL Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 963
Loc: McKinney, TX
Looking for your opinions or ideas. I currently have a tandem kayak (Perception Rambler 135), but I am having trouble with it's weight (74 lbs). So I am in search of something tandem for my daughter and I to fish from in the lakes and smaller rivers around DFW. Trying to find something that is tandem, but may still be easy for 1 person to handle. Something less than 74 lbs. and possibly under $500.

Love to hear your ideas on what you think would work best. Want something to fish from, but space to possibly take my daughter camping.

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#11891293 - 10/20/16 04:34 PM Re: Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500 [Re: JJ4MEL]
Tallgrass05 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 39950
Loc: Kansas
How old is the daughter? I've seen 8-10 year-olds paddle small kayaks 5-8 miles. Maybe you need one for you and one for her.
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#11891405 - 10/20/16 05:46 PM Re: Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500 [Re: Tallgrass05]
JJ4MEL Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
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Loc: McKinney, TX
Originally Posted By: Tallgrass05
How old is the daughter? I've seen 8-10 year-olds paddle small kayaks 5-8 miles. Maybe you need one for you and one for her.


She is 13 and perfectly capable of paddling her own kayak as she owned a 10ft yak herself. We just prefer something we can do together. Plus it is easier to transport just one vs 2. 2 yaks is an option, just looking for another option oit there I may be missing.

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#11891415 - 10/20/16 05:53 PM Re: Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500 [Re: JJ4MEL]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
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Loc: Brazoria County
Probably depends on the age and personality and skill set. My daughter did an all day, 13+ mile fishing and paddling trip at 11 years old. In her own Dagger Blackwater SINK kayak. She enjoyed the freedom.

I haven't looked at a tandem in years. Maybe a place like Bass Pro shop would be somewhere to start.

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#11892211 - 10/21/16 08:25 AM Re: Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500 [Re: JJ4MEL]
Rhino68W Offline
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I would think it's time for her to stay in her own kayak.

Not sure you can find a tandem kayak smaller than what you already have.
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#11892585 - 10/21/16 11:31 AM Re: Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500 [Re: Rhino68W]
JJ4MEL Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 963
Loc: McKinney, TX
Originally Posted By: Rhino68W
I would think it's time for her to stay in her own kayak.

Not sure you can find a tandem kayak smaller than what you already have.


Yeah, you may be right about that. That's why I thought I would pose the question just to see if I am missing something.

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#11892623 - 10/21/16 11:48 AM Re: Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500 [Re: JJ4MEL]
bert Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
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Loc: Garland, TX, USA
The only tandem that comes to mind under the 74 lb weight is a native ultimate but that is no where near your price range. You could also look for a used canoe for a good deal.
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#11893698 - 10/22/16 06:05 AM Re: Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500 [Re: JJ4MEL]
Captain Yakker Offline
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Registered: 05/22/04
Posts: 28
Loc: The Colony, TX
MIght want to look at the Lifetime Manta 10ft. That thing is stable, and.can hold up to three people. I rented one this past weekend because I couldn't take my kayak with me. It's very stable, I was able to sit sideways and fish with my feet dangling in the water.

Here is an Amazon link. Although I always recommend buying from forum sponsors to keep the forum bills paid. Lifetime 90118 Manta Tandem Sit on Top Kayak with Paddles and Backrests, 10 Feet, Yellow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004EEKCVK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_VC0cyb6046DZX

It can be had for less than $500 if you shop around. Click the more buying choices in the link above to see what I mean.


Edited by Captain Yakker (10/22/16 06:09 AM)
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#11894839 - 10/22/16 08:44 PM Re: Hybrid or "Crossover" Canoes/Kayaks Under $500 [Re: JJ4MEL]
collincountytx Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 10058
Loc: Dallas, TX
+1 on the lifetime manta. 10ft. 2.5 tandem at 74lbs. Slower than slow, but extremely stable. Purchased mine from sports authority for $399 years ago. There are several threads on this kayak on TFF kayak and kayak DIY sections
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