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Help on new Yak purchase

Postby woolybugger » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:08 am

I'm getting ready to buy my first yak after years of canoeing. Primary use is smallmouth fishing on the James and New, but with occasional trips to the OBX sounds and Va Eastern Shore. I'm presently down to a Native Manta Ray 11 or 12, Wilderness Tarpon 12, or Ocean Prowler 13. I know you guys know the finer points, so what would you chose? Thank you much for your time.

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Re: Help on new Yak purchase

Postby mb82 » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:54 am

Being a legacy paddlesports guy I should tell you the Manta Ray. But I got to say I am impressed with the Prowler for its fishing features. The Tarpon is also a nice boat and well built. To be honest all of those boats are good boat for what you are talking about fishing.
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Re: Help on new Yak purchase

Postby BlueHeron » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:01 pm

Take each of them for a good test paddle - put em through some paces - include reenty, cross wind, into chop, etc. A good kayak shop has has the ability to let you do that. The time will be well invested. It will be come clear which one fits you best. Even a small comfort difference makes a lot of difference over the many years you will enjoy the boat.
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Re: Help on new Yak purchase

Postby hh65cdr » Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:13 pm

I have the trident 13 and love it. Have buds with the tarpon and they love it as well. Im with dave. Take one for a spin before you buy.
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Re: Help on new Yak purchase

Postby woolybugger » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:03 am

Thanks for all your help.
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