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Old 06-07-2017, 07:05 PM
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Sold Kayak - Recommendations on new.

Hi guys.

Sold my Viking Tempo the other day, backs stuffed so cant /couldnt lift it due to being circa 40 kgs...

Looking for a smaller = < 22kg, < 3 meter kayak for calm broadwater /skinny creeks use...

Plenty around for $330 / $600. Some with FB hero status names going for $550+ but from an exact same mould from others going at $330 - just a name plastered on the side worth the extra $220?

Looking for payload capability of 120 / 150 kgs - understanding it'll be less in freshwater.

Good tracking, relatively dry deck with good scupper placement.

No need to be fully decked out with rod holders et al. Noting that all these Chinese yaks all have chineseium grade metals and plastic parts, expected... Would like to do my own additional additions in time.

I do see a few with divots at the back to accept a transom pole for a Minn Kota, however carrying a 30 kg battery is a bit far fetched... Lithium battery would be more accept at 12 kgs but @ $1000 absolutely unachievable.

Needs to have a central spot for a Humminbird Sounder - old school Piranahmax ����

So looking for first hand experience / owners thoughts etc.

TIA

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Old 07-07-2017, 02:47 AM
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I used a viking pacer creek basher for many years before upgrading to something bigger - seems very well built and pretty light. should be able to pick up a 2nd hand for couple of hundred. the cheaper knock offs might be ok but you would want to check the scuppers closely for thin areas that might fail.
most short kayaks in this range will track like a biatch in any sort of wind - i made a skeg for mine out of alum which helped a fair bit.
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:28 AM
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I've owned a Malibu Mini-x for years and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a short and reasonably light kayak. It tracks very well for such a short kayak due to its relatively deep keel and highly pronounced chines. The basic design is so good, it has been copied by cheaper Chinese models. You can pick up Mini-x kayaks for around $600 and the clones are about half that. It has a centrally located console which is ideal for mounting a sounder. It offers a dry ride in most conditions and they're pretty stable.
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Yeh agreed that the smaller kayaks don't track, had a coastal kayak scamp years ago and didnot track well at all, however for what it was it was perfect... why I changed to a sit in and then an even larger sit on top?

I'm thinking of the mini x but the prices are lunacy, the price of a Chinese "copy" is half of that yes and surprisingly still made in China.

$349 gets kayak, seat, paddle and it basically all ready to go... going to have to look over one and see how well made / thick they are?

With the scuppers, I won't be putting in any trolleys in them so won't worry about flex cracks - pretty analysis with looking after my gear.

They all seem to be built on the exactly same mould.
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:21 AM
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The trick with paddling short yaks is to go gently. Giving beyond a moderate amount of effort doesn't increase your speed, it only increases the amount of yawing from side to side. They're terrible, no matter what you do, with a brisk head-on wind though.

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This guy could teach you blokes a few things about how to control a rudderless craft - and as a bonus - he's doing it all to some pretty sick beats

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Hi guys.

Sold my Viking Tempo the other day, backs stuffed so cant /couldnt lift it due to being circa 40 kgs...

Looking for a smaller = < 22kg, < 3 meter kayak for calm broadwater /skinny creeks use...

Plenty around for $330 / $600. Some with FB hero status names going for $550+ but from an exact same mould from others going at $330 - just a name plastered on the side worth the extra $220?

Looking for payload capability of 120 / 150 kgs - understanding it'll be less in freshwater.


Good tracking, relatively dry deck with good scupper placement.

No need to be fully decked out with rod holders et al. Noting that all these Chinese yaks all have chineseium grade metals and plastic parts, expected... Would like to do my own additional additions in time.

I do see a few with divots at the back to accept a transom pole for a Minn Kota, however carrying a 30 kg battery is a bit far fetched... Lithium battery would be more accept at 12 kgs but @ $1000 absolutely unachievable.

Needs to have a central spot for a Humminbird Sounder - old school Piranahmax ����

So looking for first hand experience / owners thoughts etc.

TIA

Andrew
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The big rectangular hatch sealed then deal for me.

It fits a hobie tub.
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