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#31 g5jamz

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:20 PM

As someone mentioned...how much you wanting to spend. How much weight you willing to deal with.

I like the Native Manta Ray 14s are great boats and I really like the seat material. Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120/140s are also nice. My bil has one and I've used it. If you ever think you'll take it into a sound, ocean, or really large lake, I wouldn't go any less than 12'. You'll just wear yourself out on keeping it tracking straight. I took a 9' to Bear Island and it was a task. But then if you like river running...you'll enjoy the turning of a shorter yak. I'm in the market for one, but I started another project in the house....so it's on hold, but I will have one by the time coastal fall fishing hits.

Heads up...there's a fishing tournament being held at Randleman reservoir next weekend hosted by nckfa.com guys and involving Get Outdoors. You could always jump into the tournament ($60 entry) and you could even win a kayak if you win, but you can call to see if they have loaners you could try out.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:38 PM

on craigslist today:

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700$

http://charlotte.cra...2955440021.html

Wilderness System Tarpon 100 Fishing Kayak *Complete Setup... Ready to Fish ANYWHERE
* 10 Foot 2010 Boat **Custom Set Up** Very nice if I say so myself
* Hummingbird 150 Fish Finder
* Custom Made LIVE Well (2.5 Gallon)
* 12 Volt battery and Charger (Water Proof Case)
* Custom Roller/Cart designed specially for this Boat
* Tackle Box/Bin with 3 additional Rod Holders
* 3 Fixed Rod Folders
* 2 Hatches with Water proof ditties
* Adjustabl Paddle
* Adjustable Seat

Good deal for $700 a bit shorter then I would like but still a good deal

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:17 PM

soon there will be solar powered kayaks and canoes

well, good ones anyway

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:26 PM

soon there will be solar powered kayaks and canoes

well, good ones anyway

they already have wind powered ones

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:52 PM

they've had those for thousands of years

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:09 PM

Next thing you know "carolinakayak.com" is going to pop up.


More like carolinapaddle.com. ;)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:17 PM

they've had those for thousands of years

that's kinda the point of my comment

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

More like carolinapaddle.com. ;)


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:08 AM

picked myself up an old coleman canoe cheap yesterday, 16 ft. its a little shaky but it floats.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:50 PM



Not me...but I've got a citation drum there around Oriental. Would love to do it on a yak. Hopefully I'll have one by fall...I hate bumming my bil's.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

just finished building outriggers for it for around 25$ a pair using 3/4th metal conduit, adjustable flag holders and boat bumpers

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:37 AM

I used to work as an assembler for Wilderness Systems(10 years ago) while in community college, when they were still in Trinity, NC. I've built more Tarpons, Rides and Pamlicos than I want to recall as well as Sealutions, North Stars, Pungos, Manteos, etc. I don't know if the Ride is still offered, but it is the most stable on the water because of its pontoon like bottom, and you can easily stand up on it.

The place in Greensboro is a good place to check out. When I was assembling I often went over there because we got discounts. I'm sure they'd be helpful in determining what current model you should go with.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:02 AM

I used to work as an assembler for Wilderness Systems(10 years ago) while in community college, when they were still in Trinity, NC. I've built more Tarpons, Rides and Pamlicos than I want to recall as well as Sealutions, North Stars, Pungos, Manteos, etc. I don't know if the Ride is still offered, but it is the most stable on the water because of its pontoon like bottom, and you can easily stand up on it.

The place in Greensboro is a good place to check out. When I was assembling I often went over there because we got discounts. I'm sure they'd be helpful in determining what current model you should go with.


For all around...ocean/lake/river...would you suggest the Tarpon or the Manta Ray. I'm about comfort and speed. Stability isn't that much of an issue as I doubt I'll stand on it.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:18 AM

optional stability for less than 70$ a pair:

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i used boat bumpers instead of lobster buoys because i didn't want to wait.

the adjustable mounted pole brackets are 1" flag holders + 1" galvanized conduit. the outriggers can be boat bumpers, crab buoys, etc. mine aren't great and i'm going to have to redo them eventually, but its better than paying 200+ for a set of them.

that is not my kayak, but its the foundation i used for building my outriggers. you can also remove them anytime you like.

sometimes you have to put a back plate where you mount them to add stability and keep them from tearing through the hull

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:42 PM

For all around...ocean/lake/river...would you suggest the Tarpon or the Manta Ray. I'm about comfort and speed. Stability isn't that much of an issue as I doubt I'll stand on it.


I don't really know man. Like I said before, It's been 10 years ago since I was in that line of work. The Tarpon is pretty fast and stable though with its flat bottom, buoyancy, and a pretty good keel front and back.



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