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I've been reading the posts. Good info. My main questions. I want a kayak that is easy to get in and out of. Stable in the water. Easy to car top, easy to fish from and has ample gear space. If you had to pick just one. Which model would it be?

Also do you guys where your waders when paddeling? Because the thought occured to me that if you rolled your kayak. Trying to get right side up or swim would be difficult.

My last question. How safe are these craft and do they get rolled over easily? Thanks
 

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A great first time kayak is the Cobra Explorer or Fish & Dive. They're stable and easy to fish. Any of these are easy to tip if you want to, but they are also easy to never tip... As long as you are aware of what you are doing and boats around you (this is pretty easy) you should be fine. It is a great thing to take your yuk out and tip it a couple of times purposefully, because you get to know the limits of the boat and what it feels like if you are about to make a mistake that could send you for a swim. When you are new use a cleat and rope for your pole so you don't lose it if in case you go over. It's a great way to fish and just get out on the water!
 

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Cobra explorer

hey surf...the explorer sounds like it might be good for you. It is a great all around kayak, it is light reasonably fast for its shape. I wear breathlble waders on my kayak with a spray jacket with a seal around the waist, wrist and neck, I could go over and swim around and no water would get it, but if I was going out in some real wild water or going through the surf I wouldnt wear them, Eventually water would get in the wader set-up. I have a link on the noreast page and I can help you in a making a choice on kayaks and gear.
Kayakfishingstuff.com
 

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Most recreational kayaks are stable. They tend to be shorter and wider. These are the most popular style of kayaks used for fishing. There are many models to choose from and some are very stable. The wider ones like the Cobra Fish in Dive (FnD), Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 and Drifter, the Wilderness Systems Ride and Pungo are but a few that I'm familar with. The more stability the less speed or some other factor comes into play.

You're never as unsure in a kayak as the first time you're in one. I reccomend to beginners that they ask lots of questions and then see what others are using. There's a reason there are certain models of kayaks being used by kayak fisherman. Its because they do the job. If they didn't you wouldn't see a bunch of guys using them. In other words they've stood the test of time.

There are other important factors as well. YOU. Your height, weight, inseam measurement, general physical condition and the vehicle you plan on using to transport the kayak are important as well. If you're a small man then getting a FnD might be too much kayak for you to move about. Conversely if you're a big guy you have fewer choices. You don't want to get a kayak with a 300 pound capacity when you weight close to that. You want a cushion and the ability to bring some gear.

So do your due diligence but also provide us with more info so we can help with the decision process.

Its a fantastice sport and I've yet to meet anyone who has regretted becoming a participant.
 

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Magilla,

Congrats on the yak and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed mine!

Now, hokey pokey, eh? Do you lead with the right foot or left foot? Also, do you have enough room to do the spin around part of the Chicken Dance? :)
 

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NO IM GLAD I DID. I REALLY LIKE THE COLOR . ITS INDIVIDUAL AND VERY SEEABLE BY THE BOATS. I EMAILED THE PICTURES TO A LOT OF MY FRIENDS AND THEY ALL LOVE THE COLOR. JON....START STOCKING FND'S. IVE GOT A FEW FRIENDS THAT ARE INTERESTED AND I'LL SEND THEM YOUR WAY! SURFCASTER....DONT BEAT AROUND THE BUSH...GET A KAYAK...YOU'LL BE SO HAPPY U DID. BUYING A KAYAK FROM THEM IS LIKE SHOPPING FOR A COMPUTER WITH BILL GATES...TIGHT LINES I HOPE THIS WIND DIES DOWN SO I CAN PADDLE OUT TODAY!
 

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Chris, thanks for the kind words. We treat people the way we wish to be treated. Also we're fisherman first. That's why we bought kayaks and the reason we sell them. To help out fisherman so they don't walk into a kayak shop and get SOLD an inappropriate kayak.

As to FnDs, Cobra's are hard to get a hold of and we sell lots of FnDs (its the most popular). I think that its popular because only a few other kayaks are similar but lack the storage and capacity. We have some coming in but it won't be easy keeping and getting them. Cobra no longer warehouses kayaks in this part of the country. So they all have to come from CA. The shipping for them is the killer and forces us to have to charge more than we would want. So if someone wants a FnD its best to listen to Nike.

What's up with the fish and the harbor? Still lots of bunker?
 
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