......might get a new friend....... I looked upon the beast sat on my kitchen table and thought she might like a little company. She has an OK Elite underneath her, my sons boat, but something is missing...... Do you think I should arrange a blind date? Say, a black RTM Tempo? Or am I being a big silly ? :-)
Hi Martin. The Tempo I think is very scimilar to the Scupper Pro. I had a scupper pro and liked it. Very quick and tracked well. Great summer kayak. I say that as it was a very wet ride, wet backside and feet permanently in water when still. It is a narrow kayak, this helps give it speed but it is not quite a stable as most fishing kayaks. Don't do a "blind date" try one before you buy one. I did like my scupper pro but a lot can't live with them. Hope this helps. Steve.
I've got a tempo you can try out. It's everything the big game isn't so your in for a shock, there so easy to paddle even laid back paddling I average over 4mph, you'd be lucky to get that going flat out on a big game. Some people don't like the Spros/Tempos as they can feel tippy, that's easy to get used to though if you relax, your body knows what to do to stay upright. There a hell of a lot more stable than the wider boats when its rough aswel.
I love mine but its not everyone's cup of tea as Steve said its a wet ride due to the Low seating position and you will be sat in a puddle but It's never bothered me in the slightest, if your scared of water buy a boat haha
Thanks for the advice both :-) Not that I've taken it....... I bought one yesterday! I didn't like the colours they came in and had really liked the look of Snapper's black one. Black is a special edition and he thought I might not get one. But we found two coming into the country and so I've bagged one of those. I'm keeping the big game, and so to my way of thinking, I'll have a boat for every type of situation......
I'm going to modify the roof rack so it'll take both, and then the two kayaks can fight for my affection :-) .........and I'll have a loaner in case it's needed
Am on Anglesey now, it's gale force so I won't be fishing today, although I might look for a surf beach somewhere
That Tempo might take some getting used to....... I've been on three kayaks today. My super stable BG, Neil's Sturgeon which is faster, still very stable and a nice boat. And Neil's other kayak, an Ultra 4.1. Well, I found that really tippy and fell out of it twice! I think that because you don't need any kind of balance on the Big Game, the narrower kayaks take some getting used to
......when the Tempo arrives, I'll forget all about fishing from it and concentrate on getting used to it......
I discovered a new appreciation for my kayak today, adjusted the seat and am really keen to get out fishing tomorrow now that the wind has died. Might even get some sleep tonight without my bivvie flapping like a good 'un
The Tempo is closer to a sit-in than a Big Game for primary stability.
It ships slightly less water than the SPro but retains the speed.
I loved mind but I only used it for purely paddle trips. For my fishing there is no where near enough space but for the 'little is more' angler they can be perfect. They are a Marmite hull.
The weight is the first thing you will notice, so easy to carry.
With the tippiness you will have to learn to use your hips rather than you upper torso to keep balance. It's easy to learn but nerve racking if you have never paddled a slim hull. You can put the Tempo on an edge for turning which is a great benefit at time. You will get so much more distance out of each stroke for less effort. The glide is superb.
Personally I found it paddled better with a slimmer touring blade rather than a fat blade that grabs a lot of water. Your paddled cadence will increase along with speed but with a significant reduction in energy.
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