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Sit in or sit ontop

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Sit in or sit ontop

Postby nichwan » 04 May 2018, 12:45

Good morning all,

Can anyone please let me know if a sit in kayak would be safe enough for inclose work on pfb and general lang lang trips or if a sot would be a much better choice?

I am also wanting to do camping trips, long distance stuff, lots of fishing and touring.

Thank you in advance
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Re: Sit in or sit ontop

Postby ecoronad » 04 May 2018, 21:00

I've got a native ultimate 12 paddle sit in yak.

1. Light weight (22kg), means it's easy enough for me to carry on my shoulders.
2. Very stable on the water.
3. Massive storage options.
4. The tunnel hull and seat design means i fish in comfort and my butt is dry.
5. Built in track design allowed me to custom build a removal centre console that i use for my sounder, a couple of rod holders, storage trays , pliers, knife, cutters and paddle when i'm not using it.
6. Very easy to paddle. (A rudder would be very advantageous - i haven't installed one yet).

I have used this yak in both WPB and PPB, as well as freshwater lakes and rivers. Having fished both WPB and PPB from a boat for over 30 years, i've learnt to study the weather conditions and hence pick and choose when i go out. If in doubt, i don't go out. I haven't done it yet, but this yak would be quite comfortable in some smallish rapids as found in the upper yarra. Hence the main reason i got this yak, was for it's versatility and light weight.

Just out of curiosity, any reason why you wouldn't be using your slayer propel 13 for the same purpose?
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Re: Sit in or sit ontop

Postby shane » 04 May 2018, 22:22

The native ultimate 12 is more like a canoe and closer to a SOT in layout than your typical enclosed SIK. It really depends on the particular yak your talking about. Most typical SIK yaks that will take a skirt make for very compromised fishing kayaks due to the lack of storage, access, mounting options and low seat position.
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Re: Sit in or sit ontop

Postby choppers » 05 May 2018, 03:14

Ocean kayak prolwer 4.5 is what you want mate :evilgrin: :thumbsup:
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