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    Default Hybrid Kayak help!

    Was hoping to get some advice from y'all. I am looking for a canoe/kayak hybrid. My budget is $1000.

    I have been looking at the Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman and the Native Watercraft Ultimate 12. I also like the NuCanoe Flint, but that's more of a kayak and less of a hybrid. I probably would have already purchased the Native Ultimate FX 12 if I could find one for $1000. I'm so close, seeing them for $1200. My wife will literally divorce me if I spend any more than 1K...

    Any recommendations, any boats I'm missing, anyone selling anything ? Not a ton of stuff on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace right now. Trying to be patient but I just sold my Disco 158 and this $$ is burning a hole in my pocket!!

    I'll say that what's important to me is stability, roominess (for fishing and the occasional camping trip), ability to anchor, seat comfort and weight. Also recently I've seen the benefit of being able to stand and fish sometimes, which is why I like the Native. The FX 12 has the hi/low seat, which is a fantastic option.

    Thanks in advance!

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    I know someone who owns a Native FX12 and he loves it. I paddled it and was considering a purchase but I bought a Hobie instead.



    I found this Canoe kayak hybrid


    https://roanoke.craigslist.org/boa/d...103901065.html

    Might be worth a look and its in your price range.

    Here is some reviews I found too. https://paddling.com/gear/wilderness...der-140-kayak/
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    Are you going to use it in lakes, rivers or both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat's Dad View Post
    Are you going to use it in lakes, rivers or both?
    Mostly small lakes and ponds.

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    I was very interested in the FX12 also till I talked with a couple of people that had them and they confirmed my suspicion. The sides are too low to the water line and you can take on water super easy. I have a 158 Disco, a 119 and an OT 12 ft SOT I would not want the 119 Sportsman as the seat looks too low for comfort. I'd get the regular one. I see them used often of craiglist. My OT SOT is incredible but heavy. There's no perfect answer to this problem. There's a LL Bean solo canoe that's 13 feet made by Wenonah same as the Fusion but made with the new replacement material T-Formex I see it online sometimes 25% off. Might be worth a look.
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    This is my yak https://oldtowncanoe.johnsonoutdoors...or-mx?id=11726

    I think I paid about a thousand up in Farmville for it.

    I use a custom length 260cm Skagit double blade I ordered from Austin Kayaks that was delivered in about two weeks for it and my 119.
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    Much appreciate the advice! I'm not too concerned, I don't paddle in rough water. If it's rough, I'll leave the canoe at home. Or I'll jump on the mountain bike.

    I have also been thinking about the standard OT 119, but haven't seen any local. Though I'm leaning towards something with a comfortable kayak seat, hence the hybrid I guess.

    I agree about the low seat on the Sportsman. Though I think it would be great for stability and paddling into the wind, I'd at least like the option to raise it for fishing. I wish it had a hi/low seat like the Native.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nat's Dad View Post
    I was very interested in the FX12 also till I talked with a couple of people that had them and they confirmed my suspicion. The sides are too low to the water line and you can take on water super easy. I have a 158 Disco, a 119 and an OT 12 ft SOT I would not want the 119 Sportsman as the seat looks too low for comfort. I'd get the regular one. I see them used often of craiglist. My OT SOT is incredible but heavy. There's no perfect answer to this problem. There's a LL Bean solo canoe that's 13 feet made by Wenonah same as the Fusion but made with the new replacement material T-Formex I see it online sometimes 25% off. Might be worth a look.

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    I bought my 119 at Dick's but I think they have another name for it. They changed from the bench cane seat to a molded seat and it's OK I'd prefer the original OT with the cane seat, but they cost more. I picked mine up at Christmas many years ago for under 500
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    Look at Get Outdoors website. They have clearance and seconds listed for sale. You can usually find some nice deals.

    https://shopgetoutdoors.com/pages/discount-kayaks
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    Have you checked out Old Town Next? Bass Pro also has a H12 hybrid.

    Also... Is there a reason you have to buy new instead of used? Things like my Nucanoe Frontier come into play, as does the Jackson Commander 14, and the Ultimate FX
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    I got an Ultimate FX online a couple years ago for under $1000. You may just need to be a little patient for a deal to pop up.
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    Yes sir, I've seen all of these.

    I'm pretty close to sealing the deal for an Ultimate FX12 I finally found in my price range. Just waiting to hear back. I like the Frontier as well. Been keeping my eyes open for a used one.

    There are so many options it's driving me insane!! I have been seriously thinking about the NuCanoe Flint but I'm leaning towards the Native Ultimate FX12. I think it's probably between those two at this point.


    Quote Originally Posted by biglenr View Post
    Have you checked out Old Town Next? Bass Pro also has a H12 hybrid.

    Also... Is there a reason you have to buy new instead of used? Things like my Nucanoe Frontier come into play, as does the Jackson Commander 14, and the Ultimate FX

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    I've been going back and forth in my mind as to what I truly want. I love the wide open canoe concept over a SOT, but the kayak has so many advantages when it comes to fishing. Anchor trolley's, comfy, adjustable seats, ability to stand and fish, rod holders, less affected by the wind, etc. I feel like the Ultimate FX12 is a good combination of the two, but the Flint also has the wide open deck, and is probably more stable for standing. This is a tough decision!!

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    The newer open-deck sit on tops have a lot of advantage over a canoe or open kayak. Much safer if you go solo or fish in Winter.
    Sit-in kayaks are a black widow hotel. I only have one left in the fleet and I hate having to hose it out on the inside, including under the seat every time we use it.

    My last boat was a Flint. Great hull design but it's on the smaller side for standing and vee bottom makes it feel slightly tippy tho secondary stability is excellent. The 2020 Flint has a much better seat.

    Old Town Topwater 120 is hugely stable and has a great layout. This is my current boat and I like it a lot. As stable as a NuCanoe Frontier but a lot easier to move around.

    My next boat will be the Crescent Lite Tackle. Look hard at that one and it's only $899.
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