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 Post subject: now which one part 2
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:35 pm 
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So for what I was looking for my thread got a little off topic ( I am all about brainstorming but was still curious on what I was after so am resposting).

Some folks responded to my original post regarding it depended on what my criteria was (see subject post of "now which one").

I wanted to fill that part in and see what other peoples opinions were and here is what I posted in trying to decide b/t a PA12 vs PA14.

Thanks everyone. When I had demo'd all the yaks (not the PA12 of course) I decided on the PA14 from a stability and versatility/functional standpoint of it seems to me of being a great fishing platform. In the back of my head I was and still am a little leery about the day to day dealing with its weight and length but was willing to suck it up (if you will). Also the fact that I could potentially take my young son out on it every once in a while was great (given we are catching something if we aren't catching anything he'll get bored on me and that is no fun )

I am thinking taking the kiddo out probably won't work the same on the PA12. But I love the idea that the PA12 won't stick out the back of my truck as much and it being lighter. I am also guessing (not sure though) that it would be more maneuverable and maybe a little quicker?


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 Post subject: Re: now which one part 2
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:10 pm 
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I haven't seen the PA12 yet except in online media, so it's hard to compare the two. As was mentioned by a few other folks, you will have to look at the pros and cons of each and weigh them against what your needs and desires are.

1. The new seat looks really nice and inovative. If that really excites you the most, then go for the PA12. The PA 14 seat is still a great seat, especially with the adjustable base (if you add one). I've spent 6 hours straight in my PA14 and had no issues with the seat.

2. If you really want to carry your son with you, then maybe the PA14 is the way to go. It has 100 lbs more carrying capacity.

3. Weight - I'm going on 57 so I'm not as athletic as some of the younger troops out there, but I have no issues with my PA14 and using the bed of a pickup truck for hauling. It seems to me a difference of about 18 lbs between the 2 is not a determining factor.

4. Length - I have a 5.5 foot bed (F-150 SuperCrew). I can haul the PA14 without the t-bar extender if I want to, but use it on long trips from a safety standpoint. The truckbed extender only cost me $55, so it would not be a big expense. Both will stick out the back of any pickup truck.

5. Do you plan on mounting anything to the side rails? The PA12 rails do not appear to come forward as far as the PA14, so the mounting boards would be your only option if you want everything in your forward vision.

Just things to help you think about. We spend a lot of time trying to compare the two against each other versus what works for our needs. Yes I do like the looks of that seat and will probably sit in one the next chance I get. I hope I didn't ramble on too much...lol. Just my observations based on what I have seen so far. Both are great fishing machines regardless of which one you choose.

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 Post subject: Re: now which one part 2
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:18 am 
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Thank you that was helpful. Especially hearing that you too take it in a pickup with a hitch extension...b/c that is the route I will probably be going (my bed is 6.5ft with tailgate up). Appreciate the input!


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 Post subject: Re: now which one part 2
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:55 pm 
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I've owned a Hobie PA, now the Pro-Angler 14 since last summer. The new seat looks really interesting. I am not sure if the 20 pounds matters. Weight obviously matters in getting it on and off your car/truck and into the water but once in the water it doesn't matter at all. If you are fishing in open water, well bigger is better. What I think is missing on the PA 12 are the storage trays on the side. I love them. I can drop stuff in them and not worry about them going out the scupper holes or the hole for the pedals. Yes, stuff in those trays will disappear if I turtle but they are pretty well controlled on the vast majority of my trips.

On the other hand, which ever boat you buy you will come out a winner.

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 Post subject: Re: now which one part 2
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:03 pm 
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Scientist speaking here. The 14 foot boat is longer and wider, and unless there are large differences in hull design, the bigger boat whould be a lot more stable in the water. And as you stand up, this becomes a bigger issue. Don't know if this is important to you, as some of the other factors.

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