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Help...Looking for my first kayak #13782304 11/23/20 07:49 PM
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I am looking at getting my first kayak. I want a pedal drive. And I don’t want to spend over $2000. I am 6 foot two 270 pounds. Looking for recommendations. I have an F150 so can I just throw it in the back of the truck. What else will I need that I’m not thinking of that I will also need.


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Re: Help...Looking for my first kayak [Re: Ibock] #13782523 11/23/20 11:06 PM
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A big sack of money for the seven GoPros and the 16” chartplotter you will be mounting on it.

Re: Help...Looking for my first kayak [Re: Ibock] #13782583 11/24/20 12:01 AM
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You're a big guy. You need a kayak designed to carry a big guy and all your gear. Would be very careful about buying any new pedal drive on that budget. Look at some of the high end used pedal drives. The seating area is most important for a guy of your weight and the more expensive pedal drives have the best and sturdiest seats. I personally wouldn't consider anything under 14 ft. for your size.

PS... good luck on lifting it into and out of the back of your truck. roflmao

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Re: Help...Looking for my first kayak [Re: Ibock] #13783797 11/24/20 09:14 PM
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I agree with Iconn... You need a big kayak.

I have a 14' Pro Angler and haul it in the back of my F150. This is only possible with a T-Bone bed extender ($200) and Boonedox Landing Gear ($300). You can use a less expensive bed extender and cart system, but even the less expensive options will cut pretty deep into your budget.

Given your size, I would stay away from the cheaper (smaller and less stable) models. I would focus on finding a good used Hobie Pro Angler or Jackson Big Rig. Old Town is another good brand, but I don't think that they make a 14' pedal?

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If you fish a lot of grassy or vegetation lakes, the Hobie mirage drive performs much better than the prop drive options

If you fish a lot of open water lakes with scattered stumps, I’d get one of the pedal kayaks with the drive that retracts when you hit it. Non retractable Hobie mirage drives can get severely damaged hitting stumps (I know the newer higher end Hobie mirage drives retract/give way)


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I’ve been looking at some of this pricing for this much money I can go buy a damn boat.


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Originally Posted by Ibock
I’ve been looking at some of this pricing for this much money I can go buy a damn boat.


Yep, but once you buy a boat, motor, electronics, maintenance, etc, you wish you had a kayak.

Re: Help...Looking for my first kayak [Re: Ibock] #13784962 11/25/20 08:19 PM
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I have a Jackson Mayfly for sale, Ill let it go for $1500. Also have a Jackson Cruise, Ill let go dor $1800.
Got a Malone Kayak Trailer ill sell for $1500
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Re: Help...Looking for my first kayak [Re: Ibock] #13785222 11/26/20 01:43 AM
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I am 6' 7" 250 and had a Hobie PA12 and I carried it in the back of a F150 8' bed truck with a tool box in it. cheers

There are several really good yaks out there for big people but I don't remember any of them being cheap. hmmm


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The big guy kayaks that aren’t expensive

Lifetime Manta tandem(also sold as the Sport Fisher)my first kayak $300 when Sports Authority started to struggle. Really need the sort/rudder accessory or make one yourself.

Ocean Kayak Big Game and Big Game II

Malibu Pro Explorer

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About as good as you'll find for used if everything in as good a condition as seller states.
https://houston.craigslist.org/boa/d/houston-hobie-pa14-with-trailer/7228127131.html


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OP as mentioned your options are limited. I recommend saving until you can buy what you really need which is a Hobie Pro Angler 12 or 14 or something with similar weight capacity and seat capacity. All of the other kayaks mentioned above don't have the seat capacity you need.

As far as the boat reference I hear people make this reference a lot. Maintenance on a kayak is minimal compared to maintenance on a boat. With a boat you have payments, insurance, gas, etc. Yes kayak accessories are expensive. Paying $40 for a rod holder is crazy. But compared to all the stuff you need on a boat its pennies. I can assure you a kayak is MUCH cheaper than owning a boat.


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I am looking to sell my Jackson Big Rig. It's rigged out and more than enough for even me to stand on (6'2'' 315lbs) but that's more of a sea legs thing than the kayak.

That said, if you flip a big rig you were trying to flip it lol

Let me know if you're interested and I will send pics and whatnot.

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Originally Posted by Ibock
I’ve been looking at some of this pricing for this much money I can go buy a damn boat.


You left of the end of that sentence. add... and all the problems that come with a power boat.

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Once I get my trailer situation squared away so I can haul both of them, you are welcome to give my other PA14 360 a test drive. I promise you that you will save your money for one after you try one fishing.

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