Advice On A Kayak Westernport

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Re: Advice On A Kayak Westernport

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Thanks for you advice on resistance and speed of different yaks. This maybe a dumb question but aren't the hobie kayaks under 4m like the outback (3.7m) bad for places like western port, coronet bay etc cause they are not as stable and can be bad in a choppy day? Or is length on a hobie yak irrelevant cause its a hobie?

I also completely forgot about facebook marketplace :lol:

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Re: Advice On A Kayak Westernport

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Zack073 wrote: 19 Sep 2021, 22:52 Thanks for you advice on resistance and speed of different yaks. This maybe a dumb question but aren't the hobie kayaks under 4m like the outback (3.7m) bad for places like western port, coronet bay etc cause they are not as stable and can be bad in a choppy day? Or is length on a hobie yak irrelevant cause its a hobie?

I also completely forgot about facebook marketplace :lol:

Thanks
I'm not that familiar with WPB but the outback and revo 13 are stable enough for WPB it's more about the smaller yaks like the ones you get on ebay and some chain stores, just because it's hobie or any other brand doesn't make it any safer ;) some parts of WPB can be very tricky to navigate because of the currents and lots of care should be taken not to turn side on to the current flow while pulling up the anchor. but the guys over that way will give you a better idea, there are areas that are quite safe for novices like myself to get out and have fun but I'm yet to get there :lol:
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Re: Advice On A Kayak Westernport

Post by Seasherpa »

Western Port is has quite a range of conditions in different areas - some areas have more tide flow, some have more wind protection due to French Island some have clear water some its murky etc but focussing in on Coronet Bay, it is probably one of the most beginner friendly spots in the bay. The tide flow is compartively low, its an all-tide launch and you don't have to go far out to find fish so its a great place to start out.
Most boats will do the job in benign conditions, what you want is a boat that will give you the greatest margin of error whan the weather forcast is wrong.
As Peatop said, being a Hobie or any other brand doesn't automatically mean you will be safer as there is a learning curve for you as the operator to go through to learn how to handle the boat in various conditions, anchor correctly and re-enter it in various conditions too. In most cases the boat is more capable than the operator!
Having said that, the outback is a great all-rounder I covered a fair bit of ground in mine and genrerally quite liked fishing out of it. It does have its limits but if you do your planning and check the weather before going out, Cornonet Bay won't really offer the condtions that would get you to those limits. The hull does slap a little in the chop so its not as quick as some of the other models but is very capable and has wider gunnels for rigging than the revo's and better storage.
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Re: Advice On A Kayak Westernport

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Thanks for this advice
I think a second hand outback is the way to go for me, as you said its a great all rounder and I might be able to pick one up second hand for a decent price. Just gotta keep an eye out for a good deal.

Thanks for the help
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But if you ever want a top notch glass or carbon fibre paddle yak - then speak to Eoin. :thumbsup:
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