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Old 05-15-2015, 05:03 PM   #11
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Hate to butt in, but had a question about my current kayak. It is a sit in 10 ft angler. Will I get dwarfed if I stay on the bay side of things? Maybe the back side of Johnson beach/big lagoon area. The kayak does great for the rivers and lakes in Arkansas, I really, REALLY, want to upgrade to a legit sit on top but at the moment, my old lady ain't having it. I'm very comfortable with my boat ame fishing outta it, there's not a place id rather Tightline crappie, and until it gets a hole in it or sunk I'm kinda stuck with it. Just wondering if it's worth hauling down there?
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:04 PM   #12
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You don't want a sit-in yak around here for the open bay or Gulf of Mexico, SOT only.

If you get a motorized yak it has to be titled/registered just like a boat in Florida.
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Old 05-17-2015, 09:24 AM   #13
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Check out the Mirage line from Hobie. The new pedal system is so smooth that pedaling doesn't seem like exercise. they also have the evolve motor available from Torqueedo which is custom made for the boat. Or you can purchase a third-party system similar to the Minn Kota that comes with the OK Torque. For me, the downside of the Torque is the type of battery that is required. When I was researching for one of my customers I noticed that it required a true marine battery which can add a large amount of weight for a tiny plastic boat. I'm sure it's properly engineered, but I'm still skittish.
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:02 PM   #14
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Hate to butt in, but had a question about my current kayak. It is a sit in 10 ft angler. Will I get dwarfed if I stay on the bay side of things? Maybe the back side of Johnson beach/big lagoon area. The kayak does great for the rivers and lakes in Arkansas, I really, REALLY, want to upgrade to a legit sit on top but at the moment, my old lady ain't having it. I'm very comfortable with my boat ame fishing outta it, there's not a place id rather Tightline crappie, and until it gets a hole in it or sunk I'm kinda stuck with it. Just wondering if it's worth hauling down there?
There's plenty of safe fishing around here for your kayak. There's tons of great flats in the area, where your yak would be just fine. My 1st yak was a 10' sit-inside Pelican and it served me well for 4 years. Definitely don't take it offshore though.
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:18 PM   #15
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I have used the Torque, it just feels wrong.. Unless there is a medical reason, why you shouldn't paddle or peddle, then go for a Hobie Outback or Pro Angler..
The batteries on the electric motor kayaks, don't last very long at all. I guess if you wanted to inshore fish, in a small area, they'd be fine..
It doesn't take much energy to peddle the Hobie Outback, Revo or Pro Angler..
I might be able to understand if you were disabled, but if not...Don't be lazy,Lol
Hobie cost a lot, but once you've owned one, You'll just want to upgrade, Not Change..
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Old 05-17-2015, 08:22 PM   #16
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Old town makes a motorized kayak with a 45lb thrust minn-kota built in. There's a youtube video of it on full speed getting smoked by a slayer propel 13!! I would go with a pedal drive Just because of that lol
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:35 AM   #17
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Hate to butt in, but had a question about my current kayak. It is a sit in 10 ft angler. Will I get dwarfed if I stay on the bay side of things? Maybe the back side of Johnson beach/big lagoon area. The kayak does great for the rivers and lakes in Arkansas, I really, REALLY, want to upgrade to a legit sit on top but at the moment, my old lady ain't having it. I'm very comfortable with my boat ame fishing outta it, there's not a place id rather Tightline crappie, and until it gets a hole in it or sunk I'm kinda stuck with it. Just wondering if it's worth hauling down there?
Depends on what boat it is. I've got a buddy with a little Emotion 9' that I would take out.

What part of Arkansas do you live in.

Noticed you said sit in after I posted. You don't want a sit in on the ocean.

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Old 05-18-2015, 09:15 AM   #18
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I love in northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville to be exact. I learned the hard way about sit ins making it through the surf...I won't be trying that again. Plan on sticking to the bay side and maybe big lagoon. Not so much to fish from, just to access good wade fishing, at most dangle some shrimp. Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-18-2015, 10:51 AM   #19
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Lithium Ion is very expensive especially for the capacity you will need also the power supply and charger for this will be expensive as well, I use a mean well 2000 watt power supply and an Icharger 4010duo charger for my lithium ion and polymer batteries, nimh, nicd, and PB. You can use the charging supplies provided is but this set up allows for much faster charging of batteries along with resistance readings which when dealing with lithium batteries is imperative to know for it is one way to measure the health of the battery. Unhealthy lithium batteries especially polymer can combust. Definitely not something you want to occur in a yak or boat. When I first purchased my PA I was very interested in powering her, however after doing multiple 10 plus mile runs I realized peddling is almost effortless as long as winds are under 10 knots. You will also have to consider the amount of space it will take up. Don't get me wrong I think if there were not so many negatives to powering a yak ie cost, weight, space, and maintenance we all wouldn't mind slapping in the power after a long day for the ride home but I believe that is really it's optimal purpose for kayak fisherman.

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