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Old 02-12-2006, 09:25 AM
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Question Inflatable Kayak

How durable are inflatable kayaks? I found one that can hold more weight, then a ridged one, and is cheaper. Between beaver and floods there are a lot of sunken trees and branches in some of my local waters.

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Old 02-12-2006, 09:30 AM
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Top brands like Sea Eagle, Aire make them so rugged there is really nothing to worry about in fishing conditions. Just don't let people throw 13" plugs with galvanized treble hooks from it.
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:35 AM
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Hmmm....

WC,

If you have loads and loads of branches and sharp objects in your waters I am wondering why you would not go for a hard shell (polyethylene) kayak?

Do you need to walk long distances with the kayak? Is storage or car transport an issue?

I spent a fair amount of time fishing out of a Sevylor raft (inflatable) in Alaska. I had a float plane drop me off on a remote island and I used the raft to fish various rivers and lakes. It was reliable and dependable. I rowed that thing for over 5 miles and fished in it on a regular basis.

In preparation for fishing AK in the raft I gave the raft a test drive on some lakes in Maine. Within reason it handled the rocky and brush laden lakes.

So, if you need an inflatable I have had luck with Sevylor in various fishing locales.

But if you have easy access at your fishing hole I would go for a cheap hard shell kayak.

My thoughts. Good luck.

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Cheap

Thanks for the replies. I am mainly looking at the inflatable because it is $200 cheaper than the same weight ridged. It sounds like if should by durable enough for me.
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One down side is wind... the inflatable blows around on the surface. I used mine for rivers so pulled onto shore to fish from shore along the bank. The wind was not a big deal.

But if you are fishing from it I would think that one through. Mike's post reminded me of considering the application.

How are you planning on using it?
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In my experience with my 14 ft Sea Eagle inflatable, wind is definitely a factor, as Juro pointed out. It's great for hauling a mess of gear to a shoreline fishing location (like to the Washburn Island campsite for the Boneclave), but unless it's a dead calm day and/or you anchor both the bow and stern, it's no good as a fishing platform. As for underwater obstacles, I paddled it over some flooded timber on a nearby reservoir during early duck season...no damage to the yak, although my nerves were a bit shaken every time I scraped over a submerged treetop....thoughts of the Titanic kept running through my head!!!
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Thank you

Thank you for all your advise.
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Have you looked into a Stearns inflatable Kayak? We were looking for an inflatable that would be safe in salt water and found that most of the folks that sail or motor thoughout the waters from Alaska to Seattle swear by them. We took a chance and bought one to keep on our boat. It tracks as close to a ridgid Kayak as you can get. We have the 10.5 footer and I weigh 210 pounds and have no problem going against a reasonable rip. We have many times run it a ground on oyster beds and have not done any damage to the speacial fabric. They are tough and go against the wind with ease. I hated inflatable Kayaks till we bought a Stearns. They also make a fishing kayak out of the same material.
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Inflatable

I was considering the Sevylor Colorado.
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