First year on the ski...

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AndrewRawlingson
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Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:56 pm

I've put together a video of the highlights of my first year on the ski. It's basically just me catching some fish :)

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Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:10 pm

Looking good AR ;)
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Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:59 pm

So after a year what are your thoughts on: -

Stability?
Ease of fishing?
Economy?
Comfort when its choppy?
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Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:55 pm

Some fat snapper there AR!!

Overall you enjoying it more than the yak?
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Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:55 pm

BLOODY AWESOME COBBA -SOME NICE FISH THERE

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AndrewRawlingson
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Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:00 pm

MikeAqua wrote:So after a year what are your thoughts on: -

Stability?
Ease of fishing?
Economy?
Comfort when its choppy?
Good questions Mike.

Stability - I haven't even come close to feeling uncomfortable from that point of view and I've been out in some horrible conditions.

Ease of fishing - If you're used to kayaks, you will find it easier. The seating position is more natural which is a clear benefit in terms of comfort, no more sore arse! You also have a full range of arm movement which is great for jigging.

Economy - Not cheap. I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is no bigger bang for your buck than kayak fishing. In addition to purchase cost, there is insurance, fuel, servicing and trailer costs. Fuel isn't too bad, but it's entirely up to you how much you burn.

The Hen & Chicks is one of my favourite spots. It is a 60 km round trip from where I launch. The quoted fuel economy is 4.6 USmpg which is 2.0 kpl. This means that I use 30 litres of fuel which comes to $55 at current prices. In practice, it's under $50. Having said that, this is a big trip for me, certainly not typical. Inshore trips are normally half that or less.

Comfort when its choppy - In my opinion, this is where the ski really falls down. A combination of speed and no protection means that it is a very wet ride. Even slowing down doesn't seem to make it much drier! The general consensus in ski fishing circles is put a mask on and get on with it. I carry a mask and waterproofs for when I'm caught out unexpectedly, but really don't enjoy battling through the chop. Just like kayak fishing, I tend to pick my days. I am also seriously looking in to getting a windshield fitted.

Other thoughts - Like a kayak, it's nice fishing from a small craft. Being able to buzz over to that workup a few km away in a minute or two is awesome. Getting in and out the water is quicker for me believe it or not. Everything stays on the ski, so no loading/unloading from the car. Wash down and engine flush procedures are also quick. Engine failure is a concern, but that applies to every motorised watercraft. Having said that, I don't fish anywhere near as close to the rocks as I used to! I'm also pretty on it with safety equipment, but don't carry anymore than the well prepared kayaker.

To answer FoM's question. Yes, I am enjoying it more overall, but maybe that's because I'm a lazy <img src="./images/smilies/emoticon-0183-swear.gif" alt=":swear:" title="Swear">

I'm not trying to persuade anyone that a ski is the way forward or better than a kayak, it's just different. Both have advantages and disadvantages.
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Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:31 pm

Very nice fish. Fantastic video too. :y:
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Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:06 am

Comfort when its choppy:
It also gets very sore if you try go fast. I've had my back so sore that I can barely stand up afterwards. Yes, slowing down is an option lol
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Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:28 pm

Nice one bud! Some great snaps.

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Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:27 pm

very cool, and thanks for the down to earth comparison to the manual version .

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