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Old 12-23-2011, 11:17 PM
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Default Small Inflatable Kayaks.

I have been kayaking for years, but with a 14 ft distance kayak, I am looking at getting a small 9ft or so inflatable kayak. I was wondering if anyone out there is using anything like that. Thanks
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I has also been check out the outlaw escape float -pontoon rig, but its pricy.
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Default Re: Small Inflatable Kayaks.

My son has a Sevylor Figi inflatable kayak. I've only used to once, but the first thing I noticed was that any wind was a big issue.
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Default Re: Small Inflatable Kayaks.

yeah, the light short boats dont like wind, Im looking mostly to use on the creek to get to my fishing holes faster,, and maybe on a still pond. I might just get a cheap tube to use to float past the deep sections. I also found the outlaw escape float tube pontoon, looks awsome but dang pricey.
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yeah, the light short boats dont like wind, Im looking mostly to use on the creek to get to my fishing holes faster,, and maybe on a still pond. I might just get a cheap tube to use to float past the deep sections. I also found the outlaw escape float tube pontoon, looks awsome but dang pricey.
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Default Re: Small Inflatable Kayaks.

You might consider a short sit on top kayak instead. There are plenty to choose from, they're durable, and quite affordable these days.
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been looking at those too.
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You might consider a short sit on top kayak instead. There are plenty to choose from, they're durable, and quite affordable these days.
I've got both a SOT and a SIS, and I find the SIS to be a better fishing platform, for a few reasons:

1) The SIS has a much lower center of gravity, lowering the possibility of a wave, boat wake, quick move, or my own clumseyness of overturning me.

2) I was able to mount a rod holder on the righside cowl of the SIS. This secures the rod when paddling, making a hardware change, grabbing a sip of coffee in the morning (or fishing lube a little later - it's always 5:00 somewhere!), or I can even paddle and trail a small lure - in fly fishing a streamer or a crawfish works.

3) The SIS has ample room fore and aft to stow a dry-bag with lunch, a change of clothes, a small cooler of fishing lube, or even a pair of waders should I want to paddle to a destination, then get out and wade-fish.

4) The SIS sits a little lower in the water, and is much less suscepible to being pushed around by the wind.

I have an Old Town Loon 138, which is a large open cockpit, and is generally known as a "big man's" kayak, as it's a bit heavy, less sleak, and slower than some of the more modern styled yuppie-ships, but it sure makes a good fishing platform!
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Default Re: Small Inflatable Kayaks.

I was given one of these WEST MARINE Scamper I Inflatable Sit Inside Kayak at West Marine , after my dad found it on mega blowout clearance.

I've only blown it up and sat in it in the living room, but my advice is: pass.

Even without my weight pulling down in the center, the inflated tubes hug my butt super tightly, and it also looks like it will track about as straight as a junebug flies.
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Default Re: Small Inflatable Kayaks.

neat lil boat, if I was needing a laser tracking kayak I would use my touring boat, but the creeks and small ponds that have poor casting banks were Im looking to use a small kayak tracking wont be top of the list. a friend of mine picked up a vapor 10 from basspro 2 years ago, its a super stable rig, but still a hull I would have to store.
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this boat I have get from work for just over 200, I have eyed it a few times. just still leary of flinging hooks around an inflatable..
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Default Re: Small Inflatable Kayaks.

As an active kayaker, I would advise you not to buy an inflatable. I bought an inflatable for running Class II -- Class IV rapids, but I wouldn't use it for anything else, particularly fly fishing. I think you would like a 9.5' hard shell. They usually have a 350 lb capacity and are very stable.
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