Just Bought My First Kayak

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  1. Lost in Space

    Lost in Space Active Member

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    I picked up my first kayak last weekend and just can't wait to get her into the water. At first I was going to by a Pungo 120 which is a very nice recreational boat. But I did more research on comfortable rec boats and ended up going with a Native Watercraft Marvel 12. The same guy that designed the Pungo line several years ago has since sold Wilderness Systems and started the Native company. What a comfy seat it has. You can check out Native at www.nativewatercraft.com and you'll see what I mean about the seat. For you fishermen out there they have a major focus on fishing with their Ultimate line of boats. Anyway, enough with the commercial. I plan on getting out on the water this coming weekend in a spot where there is little chance of ending up in the brrrr very cold water.lol I just can't wait to try out my new boat and paddle, and hopefully not try out the PFD!

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    mercman Go Ahead, Be That Happy Camper!

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    Happy and dry Paddles to you. Enjoy!

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    Sounds great, I too just bought my first Kayak. Bought a Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 Angler/recreation. I am not brave enough to take it out this weekend on my first camping trip of the season. If I should go swiming the water is just to cold yet. Hope you stay dry.

    I picked up my first kayak last weekend and just can't wait to get her into the water. At first I was going to by a Pungo 120 which is a very nice recreational boat. But I did more research on comfortable rec boats and ended up going with a Native Watercraft Marvel 12. The same guy that designed the Pungo line several years ago has since sold Wilderness Systems and started the Native company. What a comfy seat it has. You can check out Native at www.nativewatercraft.com and you'll see what I mean about the seat. For you fishermen out there they have a major focus on fishing with their Ultimate line of boats. Anyway, enough with the commercial. I plan on getting out on the water this coming weekend in a spot where there is little chance of ending up in the brrrr very cold water.lol I just can't wait to try out my new boat and paddle, and hopefully not try out the PFD!

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    The Happy Campers
    '05 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
    '04 Palomino Pony 280
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    Good luck with that new kayak and keep dry.

    Happy Camping!

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  5. Yellowkayak

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    I like the Natives but only their SOT kayak, the canoes/kayak are nice but no scupper holes, so you are limited on what type of water you can take it on...no chop or waves> I ahve a few friends down in Florida that love them for fishing the flats, and using them as camping kayaks/canoes. They are lower profile than regular canoes, so they aren't as wind affected, which is a good thing. I have a Pungo 120, and Hobie Adventure for hands-free-fishing.

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    I just ordered a Wilderness Systems Ride Angler. It should be in this week. Can't wait, I really have the camping/fishing/kyaking bug. ;)

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    Thanks for all the good wishes everyone. I will report back after the first paddle this weekend. I hope I have enough non-cotten clothes to wear (cotten'll'kill'ya).

    Yellow Kayak, my Marvel is a traditional kayak design, not a modified canoe. The design has a slight tunnel hull (the Native signature) and a multi-chined hull so it can be edged for turning more than the Pungo, or so I have been told. I have paddled a Pungo 120 quite a bit and will see if there is much difference when I take my Marvel 12 out. My brief paddle of the boat just told me that I love it, but not how it compares to another boat. A friend told me that with a recreational boat, it's much more about the paddler than it is the boat and I tend to agree with him. I have a friend who is on the cusp of buying the Hobie Adventure, any comments or advice?

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    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Good for you Dana! Bringing that vessel to Burlingame I hope?

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    CONGRATS Lost in Space,

    We love our Kayak and take it most trips...

    Don't think there is anything nicer than a quiet time on a lake in a kayak, something restorative about it!

    And fishing must be great in one, but we have a tandem and I tend to hook DH so he doesn't let me fish! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud">

    Have loads of fun...

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    Gotta tell ya I get warn fuzziesw whenever anyone buy's a new YAK congrats, you picked a very good brand there I currently paddle a 07 model wilderness t140I angler have lots of fun

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    Congrates on the new boat. I bought a new fishing boat this winter and spent most of it trying to figure out how to convince the wife to let me float it in the tub. Have fun and make sure you wear your PFD.

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  12. Yellowkayak

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    Lost in Space,

    Only advice I can give is BUY ONE!!!!!! They are fantastic for fishing, photography, or just site seeing. You can pedal, paddle, or sail it. Hand's free fishing for trolling, not to mention the great exercise you can get using your legs, and I have both bad knees and hips (no cartilege left), and I can still pedal the yak just fine, just not for long distances. I have all my strength in my arms, so I can paddle the Adventure all day as long as you use the Mirage Drive plug that comes with the kayak. Also, tell your friend NOT to get the fishing model, which is limited on colors, but that they can "RIG" of "MOD" it much cheaper than the fishing model of the Adventure.

    If anyone need more info on my opinion and experience with the Hobie Adventure you can PM me.

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    Thanks for the post, Dana. I have been looking at the Pungo myself, but now I think I'll check out the Marvel.

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    Once again, thanks to all the well wishers. And congrats to everyone here who either has or is getting a kayak. I borrowed one all last year and fell head over heels in love with the sport. Relaxing on a lake, paddling a lazy river, hell, I even did some scary(to me anyway) white water the second time I was in a yak ever. Whew. But I loved it all and look forward to many, many opportunities to get out on the water thia year. To answer a couple of questions, yes Kevin it will definitely be coming to Burlingame with me. kreich, yes, I always wear my PFD, always! Cedarcreekoutfit, congrats to you too on your new pride and joy, should be warm enough in Texas to really enjoy it, right! Litehiker, look at both boats, they are somwhat different from each other. Do what I did, find a kayak seller that really knows their stuff and see what they say about both boats. Tell them what you plan on doing with it, what kind of water you plan on using it in, and listen to their advice, then let your gut feelings help you pick out the one for you. If at all possible, make sure you paddle both kayaks, and maybe some others before making a decision. That could be the most important part of all. I had used the Pungo 120 last year quite a bit and I test paddled the Native for about 15 minutes and my gut told me that was the one for me. Personally, I don't think you could go bad with either one.

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    There's nothing like the view from your kayak's cockpit as you glide along the water -

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    Florida Keys:

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    White River, AR just below the Cotter Bridge:

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    Nothing relaxes you more than a day paddling on dead calm water with no one else around, accept nature at its best.

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    Nice pics! Do you fish?

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    Totally agree about the awesome relaxation in a kayak, about always wearing a life jacket, and about buying the kayak unrigged and doing it yourself. We made rod holders out of pvc that work great. We have Old Town Dirigos and love them.

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  20. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    CDKLine,

    Yes we fish....all the time...or I should say when mother nature allows us to. From Florida to Texas and Oklahoma. Fishing from a kayak is much better than fishing from a stinkpot (as us yakers call them). I know I use to own four boats, three canoes, and we have five kayaks. A bottle of Gatorade, and a snickers bar and we are ready to go all day. Sure beats $3.17 a gallon and oil, smoke, pollution, noice, etc..

    JohnJoan...we have a 2007 Niagra also, do you like it, we love ours.

    JJ

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