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By aroundthebend
#2296745
Have a Heritage fishing kayak. May be getting a Honda CRV soon and looking for options to get another kayak.
Any shorter/lighter ones out there that would still be functional? This one is rather bulky for carrying from vehicle to shore unless I got a cart for it.
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By JW FunGuy
#2296746
I will be interested in what replies you get, this seems to be my standard joke. “ I want a kayak that is light enough to car top (on my pickup topper) paddles fast, can hold up to oyster shell and is stable enough to stand up in and cast a fly rod. “
I said that to a rep at an ACK demo and he laughed and said if I can come up with it I will be a rich man. :lol:

The only answer I have found is if I’m by myself I use a cart if it is a long way to the water, or fish with a buddy and double carry each other boat.
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By Neumie
#2296750
aroundthebend wrote:Have a Heritage fishing kayak. May be getting a Honda CRV soon and looking for options to get another kayak.
Any shorter/lighter ones out there that would still be functional? This one is rather bulky for carrying from vehicle to shore unless I got a cart for it.

Which Heritage do you have?
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By Chubs
#2296755
I recommend the sea eagle brand kayaks. Inflatable, some people will laugh, but they are built solid. The 385fta is what I have. I bought the trolling motor kit too and it came in handy when I took my wife up to Caddo lake with me.
It only weights 45 lbs empty and fits in a car trunk deflated.
I've run it over oysters a few times and it's been fine. No holes poked in it yet, and I have patched any deeper gouges (still held air but I figured better safe than sorry) . I've got the patch kit on board for whenever it does inevitably happen. It's got 4 Chambers so In theory you are quadruple redundant to limp home if need be.
By MYTACO
#2296756
Chubs wrote:I recommend the sea eagle brand kayaks. Inflatable, some people will laugh, but they are built solid. The 385fta is what I have. I bought the trolling motor kit too and it came in handy when I took my wife up to Caddo lake with me.
It only weights 45 lbs empty and fits in a car trunk deflated.
I've run it over oysters a few times and it's been fine. No holes poked in it yet, and I have patched any deeper gouges (still held air but I figured better safe than sorry) . I've got the patch kit on board for whenever it does inevitably happen. It's got 4 Chambers so In theory you are quadruple redundant to limp home if need be.

I would agree. I have two SeaEagles. Great warranty, too ...they literally sent me a brand new yak when a seam split. Very solid.


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By JW FunGuy
#2296769
Well I will say an inflatable is a good option. I have a NRS Pike, they are made for fishing and have a “dropped stitch” floor like what they use in inflatable standup paddle boards so you can stand up and fish. I use it primarily in rivers and have taken it up to high mountain lakes in N.M. I will say that I have been too chicken to use it in the salt, but then I don’t have to.
Also I had some delam. Problems and NRS said that was not up to their quality standards and sent me their brand new model! :)
By aroundthebend
#2296771
Ron Mc wrote:Academy still has the Heritage Redfish 10 listed.
When rigged with a skeg, it works pretty well even in coast wind.

That looks interesting, and fits more my budget :)
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By Ron Mc
#2296773
somebody posted an inexpensive retractable skeg option recently, but I can't find it by searching.
If you go that route, maybe ask on Rigging forum and see if they volunteer the link again.
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By Chubs
#2296777
Ron Mc wrote:somebody posted an inexpensive retractable skeg option recently, but I can't find it by searching.
If you go that route, maybe ask on Rigging forum and see if they volunteer the link again.


That was possible me on the same kayak

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By SWFinatic
#2296810
The Viking Profish 400 is relatively light weight at 63 lbs (manufacture rated). I don't stand up in mine but it is a kayak that has a unique blend of speed, stability, comfort, tracking and is light weight. Viking in Rockport did have a used one for $600. Not sure if it's still for sale tho.
By impulse
#2296815
Chubs wrote:I recommend the sea eagle brand kayaks. Inflatable, some people will laugh, but they are built solid. The 385fta is what I have. I bought the trolling motor kit too and it came in handy when I took my wife up to Caddo lake with me.
It only weights 45 lbs empty and fits in a car trunk deflated.
I've run it over oysters a few times and it's been fine. No holes poked in it yet, and I have patched any deeper gouges (still held air but I figured better safe than sorry) . I've got the patch kit on board for whenever it does inevitably happen. It's got 4 Chambers so In theory you are quadruple redundant to limp home if need be.


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