Hi Everyone! I will be purchasing my 1st Kayak ever next week. I am picking up a 2012 PA 14 and have a lot of different questions and concerns. I hope I can get back a lot feedback from this community.
I have a 1998 Dodge Durango with the factory crossbars, and am wondering if I would be able to transport the PA just like that with some straps or if I would have to purchase some type of rack? I don't have the money for a trailer yet, nor do I have a hitch, so my only option is car topping it at this time.
I live in an apartment complex so I have to store the Yak in the basement of our building. The walls, floors, and ceiling are all concrete and I am not allowed to attach anything such as a wall mount or ceiling rack. How can I store it when not in use? I was thinking of just buying some foam pads and laying it up right on the foam. Will that work? Or do I need to purchase or make some type of cradle? I have read through a lot of the different discussions on here but still have no clue what I can do.
I plan on purchasing the Lowrance Elite 4 Fishfinder/Chartplotter. Is that a good fishfinder/chartplotter, or can someone make a better recommendation? Is it difficult to install by myself or should I look for someone to help me or hire someone to do it professionally? I will be fishing mostly in Saltwater. Also does the battery come with it or do I have to find a battery separate? I was thinking of mounting the screen to where the sail mount is or would that be too far from me to have any use for it?
For the Kayak Cart I have read a lot about both the Hobie Plug in Cart as well as the Wheeleez. I know it's mostly personal opinions, but maybe we can have a vote for who likes which better to help me decide.
What is the best way to launch in the surf? I have no experience with kayaking and this will definitely be a learning process for me. I do plan on taking my Yak to the bay when the water warms up a little and practice how to get myself out of dangerous situations sduch as flipping it and getting back in etc. My brother will be learning with me as he is buying his 2013 PA 12 this week. Is there anything we should learn to do right away before taking them out in the open ocean?
Are there any accessories that I should be looking into getting? I already plan on getting a good PFD, Cart, Fishfinder, Safety Flag w/light, Anchor w/trolley, 2 rod holders, rod leashes or accessory leash to make sure everything is attached securely.
I can't wait to pick up my new yak next week. Waiting is the worst part. Thanks and Tight Lines!