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by MikeAqua
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Kayak Wanted for Newbie - Roughly $500-600 budget
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Kayak Wanted for Newbie - Roughly $500-600 budget

2+1 is a bit of barge IMO.

I would rather have a Tempo 2 (if a used one can be found in the right price range).
by MikeAqua
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Kayak Wanted for Newbie - Roughly $500-600 budget
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Kayak Wanted for Newbie - Roughly $500-600 budget

bmac wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:29 pm
Thanks Mike - I appreciate the feedback, gives me a bit of confidence in my choice of kayak. With the kids, it will be more about shallow estuaries and just getting them keen for starters.
It'll be great for estuaries. My Espri was used heaps by the kids on the Ruakaka Estuary.
by MikeAqua
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Long weekend in Northland - where would you choose?
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Re: Long weekend in Northland - where would you choose?

I like the Karikari Peninsular, gives the option of Doubtless Bay or the Rangaunu Harbour. We've stayed in a couple of baches near the campground on the Doubtless side.

Stayed at Taipa once too and really enjoyed it.
by MikeAqua
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Kayak Wanted for Newbie - Roughly $500-600 budget
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Kayak Wanted for Newbie - Roughly $500-600 budget

The Espri is great to fish out of and surfs well. It might be a bit awkward with a kid sitting in front of you while paddling.
by MikeAqua
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: What did Mike buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: What did Mike buy?

looks good! First time seeing this kayak. Wonder if you are going to miss the center console from other yak? I probably will miss the fishing specific storage of the pro-fish but I'm on the water for $1k including kayak and a quality PFD. It will be summer of simple fishing (mostly trolling). Will ...
by MikeAqua
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What did Mike buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: What did Mike buy?

Incidentally those foot pegs are just rests. There is no rudder. With your feet on the pedals you can push your thighs against the sides and (sort of) lock yourself into the kayak.
by MikeAqua
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What did Mike buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: What did Mike buy?

Skimmer? looks like like a lightweight vacumn formed model. :y: First guess ... I thought it would take longer. Yep got a good deal on new Skimmer 128 - in Kermit green. Vac-formed ABS with an acrylic outer skin. 20170918_151157.jpg I was warned by the vendor that they can be a bit tender and he wo...
by MikeAqua
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What did Mike buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 610

What did Mike buy?

I gone slightly off on a tangent (after a test paddle) and just bought this kayak. Can anyone guess what it is?
(Kayak retailers :x )
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by MikeAqua
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: WTB - First time kayak.
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: WTB - First time kayak.

Ferg's in Welly stock (and hire) a range of kayaks and you can take some for a test paddle. Not sure if they stock the hornet.
by MikeAqua
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Floats for drift chutes
Replies: 16
Views: 1048

Re: Floats for drift chutes

They tend to be about 800mm wide at the big end when laid flat. For example: - http://www.canoeandkayak.co.nz/shop/Accessories/Fishing+Accessories/Tagit+Kayak+Sea+Anchor+-+Nylox.html Edit - and try to avoid stainless fittings. They are quite shiny in the water and I think this deters snapper on clea...
by MikeAqua
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ideal kids kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Ideal kids kayak

I like the Espri for kids: -

- Copes with a wide size range
- Stable
- Lots of buoyancy
- Will handle reasonably rough conditions if the weather comes up unexpectedly
- Doesn't need a rudder
- Manoeuvrable
- Compact
- Easily carried
by MikeAqua
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Floats for drift chutes
Replies: 16
Views: 1048

Re: Floats for drift chutes

I had a Tagit drift chute with in built floatation. But it floated just below the surface and being blue was hard to spot. I tied a plastic net float onto the tail end. A key float would have worked just as well but I have a bunch of net floats I cut off an old net. I also found a little waterproof ...
by MikeAqua
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Transport kayak on ute
Replies: 9
Views: 720

Re: Transport kayak on ute

Boomy wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:22 am
This is my current prototype. Both sides are removable so that I don't have the wind drag during non fishing times
Those racks look quite a long way apart. I'd be a little concerned about how much length is unsupported.

I could be entirely wrong ...
by MikeAqua
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are we loosing the "brotherhood "??
Replies: 21
Views: 1586

Re: Are we loosing the "brotherhood "??

I'm reasonably brand loyal.. once I find something that works for me I will stick with it. Shimano is one such example. If you ask me "what reel" I'll say "Shimano works well for me". I recently had some gear stolen and all the replacements I buy will be Shimano. Not a dig at other brands, just that...
by MikeAqua
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Cable and Clam Glands
Replies: 14
Views: 741

Re: Cable and Clam Glands

Certainly looks like a tidy, low profile solution.
by MikeAqua
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Cable and Clam Glands
Replies: 14
Views: 741

Re: Cable and Clam Glands

I've used these before, in challenging applications. http://www.globalpc.co.nz/Electronics/Connectors/Waterproof-Connectors/Index.aspx Some of them are designed to be through-panel-mounted so you could achieve a similar outcome to the post you linked to by bolting a flat piece of plastic (with hole ...
by MikeAqua
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Retractable transducer in Viking tackle pod.
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Re: Retractable transducer in Viking tackle pod.

Nice work and thanks for sharing.
by MikeAqua
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Cable and Clam Glands
Replies: 14
Views: 741

Re: Cable and Clam Glands

I've used both the above options - HLD's and Mental's. Both work. I have a cable clam (actually the blue seas one) on my trailer boat in a location that gets a hammering from spray and it's worked perfectly. The option suggested by HLD is lower profile.
by MikeAqua
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Big Day
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: Big Day

Nice. I find a little gaff easier for kahawai from the yak.

Here is a picture of the one I made: -
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by MikeAqua
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Split My Ring!
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: Split My Ring!

New one might benefit from a bit of marine grease when you install it.