Hi guys I will have been a member of this group for 10 years next year, but have been quiet lately. I have now relocated to Anglesey following "early retirement". As you will see from the My kayak and Meet the Members section, I have had and fished from an Ocean Kayak Malibu2xl for those ten years. As a retirement present to myself, my wife says I should get myself a single angling kayak which is easier to handle and paddle. I'd be very grateful for any advice on the groups latest thoughts on which is the best. Bearing in mind I'll need to get it onto the roof bars of a Landrover!! Thanks...
Steve. I popped into Manchester kayaks in Warrington today . They have a really good choice in Ocean,feel free,wilderness ect. I've got a Moken 12.5 which I think is spot on but you'd need to be arny swartzenegger to get it on top of a land rover.gaz
As with everything try before you buy and Id try quite a few... Without trying to sound funny, If you've been paddling a Malibu 2xl alone then anything is going to be better
I've had quite a few yaks my last was a Scupper pro which I sold in order to get a Trident. I paddled one a few years back and ever since then I've wanted one. The trident is heralded as 'THE' kayak of choice, the rod pod and storage is great but I don't like it. In fact I dislike it so much that after just one launch and spending a small fortune on rigging I've ordered a RTM Tempo (a scupper pro with a few tweaks). I just don't think I could ever love the trident as it doesn't fit my needs, for me its too slow and I don't like the high seating, as I launch into almost anything a better secondary stability is better than a better primary. Whereas others may prefer the extra primary stability and the more comfortable seating options that the trident offers and find the speed ample to get to there marks. Its a case of horses for courses.
There's a lot of trade offs when choosing a kayak so take your time.
That said the galaxy sturgeon truly represents great value for money.
No kayak is going to be easy to lift alone onto a landrover. There's various products out there though to assist with the loading of kayaks though.
having had a t15 and a perception triumph 13 and paddled loads of others i now paddle a kaskazi dorado. I would never go back to anything else.
Or you culd try a new kayak fishing shack glass yak based on the scuppper pro. I went to Filey yesterday and to be hones there isnt a plastic yak out there that would have done what the Dorado did.. and out only 25kg it light.
Or there are the Stealths, they are pretty goood, fast light and nimble.
Dont get too caught up on the primary stability thing.
Of course it depends on how much you want too spend and wether you want brand new or will take second user.