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    Great looking boats. and it looks like you have a good crew to man them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OptiMystic View Post
    I paddled someone's NuCanoe at a M&G at Harris a couple of years ago and was very impressed. More responsive that I expected (many of the really stable boats don't handle all that well).
    Because to make them stable, you make them wide. You wind up with a 10 or 12 foot boat 36-38 inches wide. A barge. And most don't track worth a darn.

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    I was surprised at how well the Nucanoe paddled, (Frontier, I have never tried a Classic). Mine is a 12 ft. which is 41 inches, wide according the the same GPS FF I can do 4.6 mph for a sprint in the NuCanoe and 5.3 or so in my 14 ft. Slayer. That is enough to make a difference on a long paddle but if your planning on staying within a mile or so of the put it, or river/creek fishing they do OK. Heavy as the devil though.

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    My fishing setup is simple. All I have added was a Scotty rod mount to the console between my feet so I can carry a third rod. I used the flush mount that has a cap so when not in use it has a clean look with nothing sticking up.







    I also made a rocket launcher out of PVC that was simple and only took a few minutes to make. I have seen people make similar ones that they glue together but I used stainless steel screws instead. The reason I did that is because if I break something all I have to do is remove the screws and replace that piece. It fits in the molded-in rod holders and I only use it when I take more than three rods.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Drum Runner View Post
    Because to make them stable, you make them wide. You wind up with a 10 or 12 foot boat 36-38 inches wide. A barge. And most don't track worth a darn.
    Paddle one before you condemn it. They track beautifully, 12' long, 43" wide, and as stable as a jon boat. If you're as tall and wide as I am, you are willing to deal with the weight out of the water for the stability and excellent tracking in the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biglenr View Post
    Paddle one before you condemn it. They track beautifully, 12' long, 43" wide, and as stable as a jon boat. If you're as tall and wide as I am, you are willing to deal with the weight out of the water for the stability and excellent tracking in the water.
    And like I just explained. The trade is giving up performance for stability. No different than what a Carolina Skiff is. It's a stable platform well enough but performance is on another planet somewhere.

    You get in a river situation with current or heading home in a head wind, you'll paddle way more to go the same distance than you would in a boat that compromises between stability and performance and you aren't even factoring in any ergo offsets the stable hull might have with paddling.

    These boats are like a new pair of shoes. They might not wear so well until you have broken them in. If you hop in one and hop right back out of because it twitched a little.....you are going to pass up some darn good hulls and categorize them as unstable.

    Lose is fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drum Runner View Post
    These boats are like a new pair of shoes. They might not wear so well until you have broken them in. If you hop in one and hop right back out of because it twitched a little.....you are going to pass up some darn good hulls and categorize them as unstable.
    Each to his own, but until you have floated with balance issues and been your own overly top heavy load you probably won't realize that it is more than just a twitch.
    Apples for Apples same water and conditions I give up about 20% speed 14.5 Slayer vs 12 Frontier. for the same effort, with a huge gain in comfort and "a peaceful easy feeling"

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    I just picked up this combo today off of Craigslist. It's my first kayak; a Wilderness Ride 135. Nice to get a bonus utility trailer in the deal too, since I need one of those too.



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    My Jackson Cuda 14. Home made tackle box/rod rack. Staff/anchor trolley, waterproof LEDs, Hummingbird 581 HD DI, lots of Yak Attack Mighty Mounts and Gear Tracks for rod holders for trolling, go pros, and the pro carbon light shaft. Fish saltwater and fresh with it. been an excellent yak!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NSTIGATR View Post
    My Jackson Cuda 14. Home made tackle box/rod rack. Staff/anchor trolley, waterproof LEDs, Hummingbird 581 HD DI, lots of Yak Attack Mighty Mounts and Gear Tracks for rod holders for trolling, go pros, and the pro carbon light shaft. Fish saltwater and fresh with it. been an excellent yak!
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    That's some good lookin' water with the bridge pylons in the background.

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    Looks good nstigatr does the green L.E.D's draw in fish like submersible lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish Whisperer View Post
    That's some good lookin' water with the bridge pylons in the background.
    that water definitely holds some nice fish!

    Quote Originally Posted by redspringsfisherman View Post
    Looks good nstigatr does the green L.E.D's draw in fish like submersible lights?

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    I havent really used them enough to tell you. For the most part when I'm fishing at night I dont even have them on.

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    Native Slayer 12

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    nice rig

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    I picked up my new Ascend FS128t kayak at Myrtle Beach Bass Pro. They had been out of stock on the Desert Storm kayaks for awhile now. I wrote to the Manager and asked if I ordered one to ship to the store if I could still get the military discount, but she told me no I would have to pay for it when I ordered it and it was a different system. But she told me that she had two on order that would be in about 10 days, and would put my name on one and give me a call when it came in. So Wife and I went down Saturday morning. At the store I asked for the Camping manager, Lynn Loughran, who I had been talking with. She came and took us back to wait at the Aquarium while she went and got the yak. They have some huge Red Fish and black drum in there. She rolled the yak out to us on a cart for me to check out. I said yep that's the one. She wrote up the ticket and told once I paid for it I could come around to the back and it would be ready for me. So we paid and went around to the loading area where there was another guy loading up a kayak identical to mine. Guess those two that were on order didn't last long. I walked to his car and saw he was using an inflatable roof rack. I had never seen one before. I asked him where he got it and he told me he got right in there (pointing to the store). Now we drove to Myrtle from Fayetteville and there was no way I was driving my old duly down there so we were in my wife's Saturn Vue, without a roof rack. I had straps and some rubber blocks to set it on. I realized, 1. that the yak was bigger than I had thought, and 2. that I needed to go back in and buy one of those racks. Found the rack in the Kayak area, only one left, and bought it. One good thing was I was able to use the points I had just got when I bought the kayak. It is a nice rack and just what we needed for the Vue. We made it home without any problems. We stay off the I95, Sharon said it was fine at 65mph but at 70 it started to feel a little squirly.
    I took it out today for a shake down cruise, and I wanted to do a wet re-entry to see how that would work. All went well it paddles very nice even with my old paddle ( I thought I might need a longer one). It tracks very well and it was a bit windy today. Click image for larger version.

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ID:	64299I was able to stand up and paddle around with no problems. The boat is very stable, now I need to work on my balance LOL.Click image for larger version.

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ID:	64302Back on shore after my wet re- entry, Tried to film it but the battery went dead. Anyway it was harder than I thought it would be, my fault I am out of shape but working on it.Click image for larger version.

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ID:	64304I had read and watched YouTube videos telling how the factory seal job on the hatches sucked. Well I had the deck completely awash during my wet re-entry and this is all the water in the hull when I got home.
    Now comes the fun part rigging it out. Will start by pulling all the hatches and resealing them and replace the hardware. Will add more pictures as the rigging progresses.

    One thing I would like to add is Lynn Loughran GSM Camping Footwear Gifts and Sunglasses, Is a Gem. She was so helpful and really treat us great. So if you are down there at Bass Pro you should look her up and tell her that she made a great impression on this old soilder.
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