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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:26 pm 
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Hi, never kayaked a day in my life. Just got rid of my 18ft center console. The storage and upkeep was just doe much $$. I'm in fishing withdrawal and don't want to just fish on land. I'm torn between a new outback and a used pro angler. Im 6ft 260 pounds and pretty strong. The size of the pro angler worries me about car topping, and the outback make we wonder if I will miss the ability of standing up and stretching my back. I can't afford a new PA. I do have the opportunity of keeping the kayak on the water (saltwater). Is that a terrible idea, I know the sun beating down on it is bad. I would take it out when not using for a few days. I used to get up early jump in my boat and get 3-4 hours of fishing done in the am before work. Transporting it can dig into that time. Any advice? Should I rent one for a week and see if I like it. I would be fishing in the Long Island sound off of Mamaroneck, NY. I imagine I'd hit all the rocky shore line I tried to get my old boat near, never really to much off shore. There also is a lot of boat traffic though. advice is appreciated? thank you


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:55 pm 
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I would definitely take a demo of one if you can before purchase. As for keeping it outside full-time, I would advise against it but if you have to, I'd cover it with a tarp or something to keep the sun off of it - maybe a shady spot would help too along with the cover.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:15 am 
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Thanks for the advice, I will demo first, and also get properly set up for transporting it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:55 am 
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If your routine is to fish a few hours in the morning, consider getting a motor. Depending on whether you already have a trolling motor & battery, you can spend a few $ on a DIY mount to over $2K on an evolve/torqueedo. There's MANY threads on this subject. A motor will probably also make the transition from a power boat seem a little more natural. The motor will not buy you that much speed over pedaling, but it will give you more range since it saves your energy from pedaling long distance and fighting wind & current.

Stating the obvious here, you're not going to be able to jump in a kayak & cover NEARLY as much water at 4 to 6 mph max (even with a motor) as you would with a power boat. Unless your fishing grounds are really close to where you dock you WILL be transporting the boat to fish, IMO. On the other hand, you may discover productive areas that were inaccessible to your boat.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:26 am 
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Will try to answer some of your questions. First of all you are able to stand in the PA. Doubtful about standing in the Outback. One of the problems with standing in the Outback is that the only flat space to put your feet are far to close together to get a good sense of balance.

Although car topping of the PA is doable, you have better be in good shape and spend some time in the weight room. I car topped the Outback several years ago but didn't take me long to realize that a trailer was the way to go.

The Outback and the PA are two entirely different vessels. I highly suggest you demo both before making any decisions.


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