Originally posted by LITTLE TUNNY:
Bgsdad,Long time buddy how ya been? .I'm gonna buy a yak this year.I'm waiting for summer to end in hopes the price might be less.I need something for the beach and the back.And offcourse all the extra goodies in time.Something stable since i've never had a yack before just conues.Can you steer me in the right direction where to buy or a specific yak.Thanx bud .LT.
Tunny, Good to hear your back! Have you been out with the Bow yet? Too many Chiggers for me. I'm waiting for a frost!
If you're looking a Yak for surf & back bay you have to get a sit on top so you don't get swamp by a wave out front. I had a Cobra Fish n Dive which I reccomend highly. Very stable! It's also designed for diving so it has to be stable to climb in. The only draw back in the back is it is slow. That's what you sacrifice for stability. Being slow makes it a bear to paddle against a hard running tide. That is why I put a transom and an electric trolling motor on mine. Thanks to E-bay I got a great 43lb Motor Guide Great White (saltwater) for a steal! Cobra also makes other models that are a little smaller such as the Explorer & Navigator which I hear are a pretty stable & faster but I have no experience with them.
For the back the Pungo is a nice kayak. It's a sit in model but I don't think it's a good choice for the surf. It won't break the bank and Dick's has them on sale quite often.
I now have a Ocean Ambush which I bought from TomOCNJ. I love it but it limits me a little. It's a large 2 man model that is very heavy and bulky. It comes with a built in transom & battery box and my 43Lb Motor Guide pushes it nicely but adds more weight. 2 large men fish it pretty easily and comfortable. Just ask Strikes!. Since it is large and bulky the trailer is almost a must especially when your by yourself.
That's about the extent of my knowledge. If you're still fishing Brigatine stop & see Barrell at Barrell Surf & Sport. Very knowlegeable!! Also you can do some good DD on a number of other sites. Just do a Goggle search.
I haven't looked lately but E-bay had some good deals & the shipping wasn't a problem since they can be Air Freighted to Philly and you can pick up there for under $100.00 shipping.
I hope I helped! If you want to go out back one night drop me an e-mail and I'll bring you on it. Good Luck!