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#8831253 - 04/16/13 08:06 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Fish ZoMbiE Offline
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Registered: 03/25/09
Posts: 9822
Concerning storage and transportation of plastic angler kayaks...

Most manufactures recommend you store your yak on it's side.
Climate controlled is best of course. When transporting your yak it is possible to over tighten your strape especially when securing with the ratchet type straps. This can damage your hull. There are a few YouTube videos on this damage and how to avoid.
it.
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#8842684 - 04/18/13 06:08 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
spiny norman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/13/06
Posts: 2303
Loc: Shady Shores
Yes you can over tighten the straps. When traveling you should use good rest with saddle designs being best and tie down with three to four points. Two straps across and a line off the bow. You want it snug not tight. I have been storing kayaks on the ceiling upside down with 1 inch straps for 6 years with no damage.


Edited by spiny norman (04/18/13 06:34 PM)

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#8853918 - 04/22/13 09:31 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
butch sanders Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 23377
Loc: Arlington, Texas
i use paracord, cinch it tight & then it will blow into place once you get on the road

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#8940050 - 05/16/13 04:35 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
lconn4 Offline
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 5766
Loc: Cherokee County
More on unloading at a public ramp.

Unless you trailer or have pickup with bed extender, your kayak is usually not rigged and ready to go when you unload. Best to unload kayak, move it to shore away from ramp, move car or truck from ramp area to parking lot and then haul your gear from car to kayak...in that order. If you unload and then move your car first and leave kayak on ramp someone could back their trailer into your unattended kayak as it is hard to see. I usually take a parking spot on a back row which allows harder to manuever trailers the front row at ramp parking lots that are known to fill up or on weekends.
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#8940831 - 05/16/13 08:06 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
RogerB Offline
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Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 2625
Loc: McKinney, Tx
We've all heard stories of people losing kayaks from roof racks and trailers. Given that most kayaks have some amount of flex and in the event the vehicle or trailer can have a sudden impact, the straps may come loose from their anchor point and the kayak becomes road kill. A couple of ways to prevent this - first, make a hard connection with the strap instead of only a tension connection. I use a high load carbiner to clip through the eyelet end on EACH side of the tie down and the securing point (ie, rack bar or trailer eyelet. The only way for a strap to fail then is to tear apart or have the buckle fail - tying off the loose end of the strap to the opposite strap can help keep a connection in place if the buckle were to fail. In addition, a hard tie off of the kayak to something that CAN'T be torn from the vehicle or trailer (such as rack, etc.) adds the second tier of safety in the event your tie downs fail and the kayak actually gets away. The hard tie offs should be such that the kayak can't make contact with the road if it were to leave the vehicle or trailer....and preferably not get dragged along. This may require a bow and stern connection and/or 2 bow and 2 stern connections to keep the kayak from falling to either side.


Edited by FishAll50 (05/16/13 08:10 PM)

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#9015080 - 06/08/13 11:19 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Chuck7700 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/08
Posts: 7129
Do they make yaks for a lard @ss? 430#

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#9022687 - 06/11/13 12:06 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Chuck7700]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 7333
Loc: Van Alstyne, TX USA
Originally Posted By: Chuck7700
Do they make yaks for a lard @ss? 430#


Yes, the Jackson Big Tuna is rated at 500 pounds actual carrying capacity.

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#9024988 - 06/11/13 05:34 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
RogerB Offline
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Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 2625
Loc: McKinney, Tx
I believe the Malibu X-Factor is one of the highest rated if not the highest at 600lbs. Always consider weight of gear and accessories that you may take along.


Specifications: Length: 14'4"á
Width: 33"á
Depth: 12"á
Weight: 65lbsá
Weight Capacity: 600lbs


If you get into the hybrids like NuCanoe, the weight capacity can go as high as 650lbs for a Frontier 12.


Frontier 10

Frontier 12



Length

10'

12'



Width

38-1/2"

41"



Height

12-17"

12-17"



Draft

3-5"

3-5"



Hull Weight

67 lbs.

77 lbs.



Seating Capacity

1-2 ppl.

1-3 ppl.



Max Weight Capacity

500 lbs.

650 lbs.

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#9049951 - 06/19/13 04:27 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: RogerB]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
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Loc: Van Alstyne, TX USA
Good info from Neumie thumb

Minimum Requirements for Kayaking

There was a recent post made about what the minimum requirements were for kayaking in Texas, so here's a list of said requirements along with the code for citation. If you feel I have misinterpreted or have something incorrect please let me know.

PFD (aka Lifevest) Requirements

You must have a Type I, II, III, or V PFD for each person on the kayak [TWSA Title 4 § 31.066(a)][CFR Title 33 § 175.15]
Children under the age of 13 must always wear their PFD [TWSA Title 4 § 31.066(b)][CFR Title 33 § 175.15(c)]
Type V PFDs must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's label to be legal [CFR Title 33 § 175.17(a)]
Inflatable PFDs may only be worn by adults over the age of 16 and weighing more than 80lbs [CFR Title 46 § 160.076]
All PFDs must be in good, serviceable condition without any cuts, tears, rotten material, etc [CFR Title 33 § 175.23]
All PFDs must fit each person properly [CFR Title 33 § 175.21]
Each PFD must be readily accessible to each person [CFR Title 33 § 175.19]

Distress Signaling Devices - Audible & Visual

On inland waters you are not required to have an audible signaling device [TWSA Title 4 § 31.073(a)]
On coastal waters you must have an audible signaling device capable of making efficient sound [USC Title 33 Chapter 34 § 2033(b)]
You are not required to have visual distress signaling devices on inland waters [TWSA Title 4 § 31.073(a)][CFR Title 33 § 175.5]
You are required to have USCG approved visual distress signaling devices suitable for night use when kayaking between sunset and sunrise on coastal waters [CFR Title 33 § 175.115]
Visual distress signaling devices must be readily accessible [CFR Title 33 § 175.120]
Visual distress signaling devices must be in serviceable condition [CFR Title 33 § 175.125]

Light Requirements

You must exhibit at least one bright light, lantern or flashlight visible all around the horizon from sunset to sunrise in all weather [TWSA Title 4 § 31.064]
All-around white lights must be visible for 2 miles [USC Title 33 Chapter 34 § 2022(c)]

Registration and Numbering

Kayaks, regardless of length, do not have to be registered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.022(c)]
Kayaks, 14 feet or longer, equipped as a sailboat have to be registered and numbered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.022(c)]
Kayaks, regardless of length, equipped with a motor (electric or gas) have to be registered and numbered [TWSA Title 4 § 31.021(a)]
If you register and number your kayak know that there are more minimum requirements that apply than listed above


Minimum Requirements Summary:
Lakes and Rivers: PFD and 360 light between sunset and sunrise
Bays and Gulf: PFD, 360 light between sunset and sunrise, sound signaling device, and night use visual signaling device between sunset and sunrise

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#9148769 - 07/20/13 05:16 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: RoadBlock]
banderapass1 Offline
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Registered: 02/27/12
Posts: 1394
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: BassCowboy
I think thats the main problem. I thought it was just my 18 year old daughter and her friends but the more i am around college students its like that whole generation hid behind the door when God handed out the common sense!


And I thought my daughter was the only girl that acted like that!
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#9196952 - 08/04/13 10:10 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
BassMaster Payne Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/03/13
Posts: 9
Loc: Hurst, Texas
Why does it seem that everyone looks down on sit inside kayaks? I fish just fine with mine and catch just as many fish and maneuver just as well as anyone else does with a sit on top.
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#9201782 - 08/06/13 09:03 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
AeroAgg06 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/29/13
Posts: 819
Loc: Cedar Hill, TX
Because once water gets inside, you stay wet. It is not that they do not work, but on a 10 hour day of fishing, i would prefer to stay dry
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#9204407 - 08/06/13 08:37 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Hooky_Looky Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 673
Loc: Plano, TX
I haven't bought a kayak yet. I would like to know if you have to pay to get into Lake Lavon parks with a boat ramp. Can you enter the park and launch of shores away from the ramp without paying or does the attendant automatically charge you if they see that you have a kayak?

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#9205173 - 08/07/13 03:02 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Hooky_Looky]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 7333
Loc: Van Alstyne, TX USA
Originally Posted By: dang!lost it
I haven't bought a kayak yet. I would like to know if you have to pay to get into Lake Lavon parks with a boat ramp. Can you enter the park and launch of shores away from the ramp without paying or does the attendant automatically charge you if they see that you have a kayak?


I'm hearing that they are charging everybody that launches. I generally pay anyway because the parks need the money to keep operating.

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#9262337 - 08/26/13 04:31 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
eian121 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/11/13
Posts: 18
Loc: Mckinney, Tx
Awesome info!

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