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#12672044 - 03/14/18 09:25 AM Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option
broncos1 Offline
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As much as I would like to continue kayaking I don’t want to push my shoulders any further. I “m on a tight budget so a trailered boat is out of the question. What would be a good option that throw you in the back of a truck?

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#12672072 - 03/14/18 09:38 AM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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Years ago I had a pirogue with a foot control trolling motor in it. It was a Water Moccasin from the Shreveport area, he still builds them. Mine was one of his first ones he built, it was great to fish out of. My father-in-law was a welder and we built a rack tailgate high that I kept in the garage, slide it in and off I went. Here's a link. http://watermoccasin.net/water-moccasin/


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#12672093 - 03/14/18 09:47 AM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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Have you looked at kayaks that you pedal rather than paddle? They're kinda pricey, but might fit your needs.
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#12672285 - 03/14/18 11:35 AM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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As a guy with a bad back, when I retired I wanted a boat I could launch without having to wrestle it off the roof of my car. Something that could fit in the corner of my micro garage provided by the zero lot line house my wife loves was also a requirement. I went with a Sea Eagle Fold cat. This boat works very well with a simple Minn Kota trolling motor and you can fish the same water as a kayak. You can more easily load gear and fish two people but it's a much better one person boat.

Downside of this boat: Horrible in the wind. Will drag even the biggest anchor. Either tie up or troll.

Upside: You can fish it in the worst winds. Impossible to sink it. I've fished Texoma on the windy side when the waves looked like the ocean because that was where the stripers were. Once I was at Caney creek when a big cabin cruiser came out fast kicking up a big wake while I was on a shallow ledge. The multiple waves probably were over 10 feet. It would have swamped my aluminum tracker boat by I just rode right over them. The boat is basically a float tube with a motor.

I've patched a lot of holes in the boat. Never caused by sticks. Almost all by finishing nails sticking out of docks. That said, you can stick a temp stick on patch and still fish all day.

I saw one of these on craigs list once for $600. I bought mine new and paid a whole lot more.

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#12672409 - 03/14/18 12:40 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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Registered: 07/25/15
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Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
Our Pelican 10E is amazing. Fits 1 or 2 comfortably and fits in the truck bed and on a top rack if needed on an suv. $600 new, 2 year warranty. Prefer it soooo much more than my kayak.

Eric

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#12673352 - 03/14/18 10:28 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
Richard G Offline
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Registered: 05/06/06
Posts: 157
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Google Solo Skif. I'm going to be 66 soon and this is what I'm looking at.

www.soloskiff.com

SOLO SKIFF SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH 14.5 ft; WIDTH 41 in; WEIGHT 150 LBS

The Solo Skiff is an all one piece seamless motorized fishing kayak. Rotational molded in high density polyethylene, with two layers for a hull thickness of over 1/2″, the Solo Skiff is built like a tank.











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#12674640 - 03/15/18 04:41 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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Registered: 01/12/07
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You might consider a float tube for small water applications.

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#12674656 - 03/15/18 04:50 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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That SOLO looks like it is heavy in the back end. Launching might be ok, but loading would be a bit strenuous.
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#12674835 - 03/15/18 06:57 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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I alsoi would suggest looking for a pirogue with a 24v trolling motor.

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#12674838 - 03/15/18 07:01 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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I had a 2 man Bobcat pirogue

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#12674921 - 03/15/18 07:49 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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Loc: Lewisville TX
So I would suggest a quality inflatable or something like the sea-eagle folding already mentioned + a lithium battery and a 40lb thrust trolling motor. The advantages of this setup is lightweight stable platform with a great deal of safety. I personally fished a similar rig for years before getting my kayaks and a porta-bote (originally due to storage reasons - i lived in an apt. in NY city and this type of setup was the only thing i could stuff in a closet and in my small car).

Though i don't know your full circumstances - you might want to look at a Porta-bote. folds up like a surf-board - can be used in the same water as a kayak even the 12 footer is only ~80lbs w/o motor or battery.

For any of these setups (if you go w/ trolling motor for power) I would highly suggest a lithium battery (either 50 or 100ah) makes a HUGE difference in the ease of setup and the final weight of your rig. For most of these inflatable/folding rigs a traditional lead acid will double the weight of the craft - which has an impact on how long and fast you are on the water.

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#12674958 - 03/15/18 08:10 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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Originally Posted By: broncos1
As much as I would like to continue kayaking I don’t want to push my shoulders any further. I “m on a tight budget so a trailered boat is out of the question. What would be a good option that throw you in the back of a truck?


12 foot flat bottom with a good troller...light as a heavy yak...more stable...and no rowing...

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#12674974 - 03/15/18 08:18 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
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Registered: 06/12/17
Posts: 188
Loc: cedar hill tx.
If you are on a budget the academy or bass pro 8 ft. dingey and 12 volt t, m. will get you a
lot of time on water. Stable,holds 2 adults and light. Just not Sexy

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#12675031 - 03/15/18 08:48 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
PowerLizard Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 2139
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Get a float tube so your feet can do the work with flippers.
If you have a pickup, you can look for a used Hobie Float Cat. It's like a float tube but with plastic pontoons. You can't cover as much water as a kayak but it does get you out on the water.

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#12675053 - 03/15/18 08:58 PM Re: Bad Shoulders no more kayak, next best option [Re: broncos1]
Richard G Offline
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Registered: 05/06/06
Posts: 157
Loc: San Antonio, TX
The Solo skif website shows how to load it into a pickup by yourself. I also saw one at Port Aransas and the person had a small trailer. I believe the motor is a 2.5 hp or something close so maybe it's not too heavy. I'm definitely going to try and find a dealer and test out the weight myself before I buy.
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