Thoughts on Which Kayak for a 68 year old Fishing and Rec.

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Thoughts on Which Kayak for a 68 year old Fishing and Rec.

#1 Post by banjo48 » Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:31 pm

Hi chaps, just joined to try and gather some info on which kayak would suit an older fella, I'm still fairly active, travel full time in an RV, used to fish a lot but the tinny loading /unloading and setup, became a real chore, so, maybe a kayak ?
I've got a bit of a crook back and sore knees but get by ok so far.

I've seen heaps of them about on our travels, had a paddle in Streaky bay SA recently in a Malibu mini X I think ? felt ok but a bit twitchy paddling, so maybe too short, but the seat felt comfy and did not aggravate my back at all.

So after more research I've narrowed it down to maybe a Moken 10 or 12.5, or the Lure, then another choice is maybe the Viking pro 400 but trying to find one to demo in WA is proving hard.We are currently in Esperance WA but will be in Mandurah end of next week, where I hope to demo and maybe buy before heading North to Shark Bay for the winter.

I looked at Hobie PA's and Outbacks but pricey and heavy.

So to sum up I don't want to spend the earth in case it does not suit me, then good resale value for same reason, I love a bit of fishing and generally getting out on the water, but calmer water, not the rough stuff.

Over to you gentleman.

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#2 Post by Pete49 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:41 am

Hi and welcome from another senior member :lol: . As to a yak I would look at 12-13ft as they tend to track better without a rudder in my opinion. Check gumtree or the for sale ads here as second hand is a good choice first yak as you don't lose too much if it doesn't suit. Most are in good condition and members here will help out for test paddle if you're keen on a specific model. Being in W(ait) A(while) narrows the choice a bit maybe but the local boys are a friendly lot I'm told :lol:

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#3 Post by Salty Dog » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:40 am

G'day Banjo,

I guess it depends on what sort of paddling/fishing you want to do. The more you tell us about what you want to do, the better people might be able to help you find something that is really right for you.

If you want to do longer distances or anything at sea, waterline length starts to become important. You need enough speed to travel the distance in a reasonable time or get yourself out of trouble if the weather turns foul.

Totally understandable that you don't want to destroy yourself car topping your kayak. There are some lighter weight options available although you have to be a bit careful of some unscrupulous manufacturers who will hugely under-rate the weight of their kayaks. The best test is to lift it over your head to feel the weight.

In plastic, there is a brand called Hurricane that manage to get the weight down to around 20-24 kgs for kayaks around the 4 metre length mark with some fancy manufacturing processes, eg:
http://hurricaneaquasports.com/our-kaya ... mer-128-2/

If you go to fibreglass, you can get even lighter. Check out the Splash 470 which is 4.7 metres long & only around 17-18 kgs. Fibreglass would normally be considered faster than plastic as well. Get some rod holders put in & you have something light & fast that should be good for every day fishing. Stealth do other models with big hatches in between your legs for stowing rods through surf launches & big fish but it does add to the weight.
http://kayakspecialists.com.au/recreati ... lash-range

You can go even lighter with composite - carbon/kevlar. Dennis over at Kayak Specialists is the exclusive importer for Stealth Kayaks in Australia. He'll be able to give you an idea of how much more weight you would be able to save, what the pros & cons are & how much extra it would cost you if you are thinking that it might be something you are interested in. I believe that composite would have to be custom made in South Africa. Dennis is the guy to contact for all things Stealth in Australia. He is based in Queensland. I don't know what the deal is with WA & whether he has anyone there that can try & organise a demo of any models you might be interested in.

Unfortunately, all of the above options are pricier than standard plastic. That's pretty much what you are looking at if you want light weight & decent speed/performance though. If you are lucky, you might be able to find something like this 2nd hand.

Here's a basic article on kayak design that might get you thinking about what you are really after.
http://ftlauderdaleyakfishingclub.org/yakdesign101.html

Good luck finding what you are after.
Regards, Adam.

Stealth Fisha 550

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#4 Post by banjo48 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:46 pm

Thank you for the replies, all taken onboard.

To answer more, I am not fanatical to fish, or in any particular hurry to paddle long distances and could just as easily have fun paddling round the weedbeds and small inlets where we often camp, a kayak will mainly be, to just get me waterborne again with less hassles than a tinny I hope ! and if I catch a few bream or whiting, great, if not no big deal.
My wife hates water and fishing so it's just for me to get out there.

I've been recommended to go to Yakshack in Mandurah for some demo paddles so next week that's where I'll be on the waterfront weather permitting.

Will post a follow up then.

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#5 Post by avayak » Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:34 pm

You might wan't to check out another old blokes yak hereviewtopic.php?f=12&t=5997&p=40956#p40956
and I mean that in the nicest possible way!
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#6 Post by zarbs » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:19 pm

I used to own a Moken 10. Great kayak, very stable BUT unfortunately it was a bit like paddling a wet sock particularly if into the wind or current, a longer kayak I think would be more suitable and enjoyable but maybe not as stable, as to which make :?: :blank: I guess whatever suits you and the budget.

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#7 Post by Big Boots » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:12 pm

banjo48 wrote:Hi chaps, just joined to try and gather some info on which kayak would suit an older fella, I'm still fairly active, travel full time in an RV, used to fish a lot but the tinny loading /unloading and setup, became a real chore, so, maybe a kayak ?
I've got a bit of a crook back and sore knees but get by ok so far.

I've seen heaps of them about on our travels, had a paddle in Streaky bay SA recently in a Malibu mini X I think ? felt ok but a bit twitchy paddling, so maybe too short, but the seat felt comfy and did not aggravate my back at all.

So after more research I've narrowed it down to maybe a Moken 10 or 12.5, or the Lure, then another choice is maybe the Viking pro 400 but trying to find one to demo in WA is proving hard.We are currently in Esperance WA but will be in Mandurah end of next week, where I hope to demo and maybe buy before heading North to Shark Bay for the winter.

I looked at Hobie PA's and Outbacks but pricey and heavy.

So to sum up I don't want to spend the earth in case it does not suit me, then good resale value for same reason, I love a bit of fishing and generally getting out on the water, but calmer water, not the rough stuff.

Over to you gentleman.

The viking is the lightest of those mentioned and is a very capable unit. I'd suggest calling their factory shop kayak and sup warana to ask about wa dealers or if they can put you in touch with anyone over there with one.

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