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looking to buy a kayak

Postby ramsey » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:52 pm

hi
i am looking to buy a cheap first kayak for fishing by myself and with mates. will be fishing estuaries, fresh water creek systems and dams. i am new to kayak fishing and dont know much, want something stable. located on the sunshine coast, don't mind if used, any recommendations would be greatly apreciated.

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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby MrPinkie » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:35 pm

There's lots of kayaks to the point is overwhelming for a newcomer. If you're not going offshore with swell that makes it easier, but the main thing I an recommend is just finding something you are comfortable in and basically staying away from all the cheap Chinese eBay stuff. Even at the lowest end of the scale are Dragon kayaks which are ok but you will pick one up 2nd hand at a steal if you only want to spend $200-$300, so my best advice would be to just buy 2nd hand.
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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby ramsey » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:01 am

thanks for the advice i will stay away from the Chinese ones and buy one second hand
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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby dennist » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:48 am

Ramsey - Head over to Kayak and SUP in Warana - Jim and the Team will be able to help get you in the right kayak for you.
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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby ramsey » Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:45 pm

if anyone has a cheap kayak for sale can you please pm me.

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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby savit » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:18 pm

ramsey wrote:if anyone has a cheap kayak for sale can you please pm me.

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ebay and gumtree are full of them. Though you'd better confirm your choice with forum before purchase.
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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby laneends » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:53 am

Go for a good all rounder as what you intend doing is not always what you end up doing. 13 foot/4m is considered best allround size. Shorter can struggle in open water, including large impounds when it gets blowy.
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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby ramsey » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:29 pm

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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby pavo » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:20 am

If I was allowed to I'd buy it .
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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby MrPinkie » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:46 pm

Depends on what you consider cheap man? What's your price range?
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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby willgom » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:21 pm

I would get a second-hand branded kayak than a cheap new one.
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Re: looking to buy a kayak

Postby Occy » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:39 am

There are as many views on choice of kayak as their are kayaks, so please forgive me if this reply confuses you somewhat.

I will start by disagreeing (with respect) to those who would advise you to avoid so called "cheap Chinese " kayaks. By far the majority of kayaks on the market these days come out of China, even some of the better known brands. So it's a fallacy to say all Chinese made yaks are at the cheap end of the market, and perhaps more importantly most of the ones I've seen are fairly good quality wise.

I've been kayak fishing for more than a decade now, and when I started the market was dominated by locally or first world made yaks, and whilst they were bullet proof they were on the whole pretty run of the mill offerings. And they were bloody expensive. A very basic 2.7 metre roto-moulded SOT would set you back around $$800 with no rod holders, crappy little hatches, and very little in the way of extras. You had to buy your own paddle and seat (at around $200) and you had to d to modify it extensively if you wanted to use it for fishing. I know because I had one which I purchased from a kayak distributor I did a bit of work for.

Then the "cheap Chinese" yaks came along, with amazing designs and features at half the price. A 2.7 fully kitted out fishing kayak with padfle and seat for under $500 was a real game changer. Everyone poo pooed them; the quality was crap, and they would never last. They were all proved wrong, that sector of the market went mad, and the prices got even cheaper. That same yak now sells for under $400, so what's not to like.

So my advice go Chinese over second hand every time. You will get a new, better designed, better equipped kayak with warranty for the same money as that tired old second hand one on Gumtree, which may well have issues you as a novice would never spot until it's too late.

Bearing those comments in mind you should note I've never owned a Chinese made kayak. I've paddled heaps of them though, and would buy one in a heartbeat if the right offering came along. I've owned and loved two Aussie jobs (Wavedance Calypso and Kingfisher) but now only have my American made Hurricane Skimmer 128 (now there's a real kayak) to play with.

See I told you it would be confusing.
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