Whats some good sit inside kayaks for fishing.

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ThomasW
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Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:17 pm

Decided to replace my Torres (to big for it, and no desire to move the bulkhead), one option is a Kevlar Mirage 583 custom fish... Certainly looks like a great Kayak, but a few downsides the largest one being the price... these quite a few used Sit Inside Kayaks for around half the price.

I would like a high speed Kayak mainly to use for trolling and maybe the occasional trip out wide after grouper. Would also need enough dry storage so I can go on multi day trips.

So any suggestions on what would be a good glass or Kevlar sit inside Kayak to Consider? , budget is not much of a issue.. I would prefer to buy once and buy right rather then compromise just to save a few hundred dollars.

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:56 pm

If Paddlesnap was still here he would have told you to keep the Torres. He paddles one and he is not a small man either.
I paddle a Mirage 580 Sport, its got a good size cockpit, its stable as anything, has room for the kitchen sink, and is reasonably fast. Basically ticks all the boxes for me, shame that the model is discontinued.

For NZ made options glass/kevlar: Paddling perfection BreakSea is fastest boat I have paddled but not roomy or stable enough for comfortable fishing. Paddling perfection SeaBear Waitoa is big and comfortable but maybe a tad slower although the Waitoa's keel is improved from its predecessor SeaBear. There aren't many NZ made options unfortunately as the local companies are feeling the pressure from the foreign competitors and plastic kayaks.
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Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:02 pm

The new Barracuda Interface is worth a look :y:

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:35 pm

That's a very low volume Kayak so won't be any better than his Torres?

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:43 pm

Maybe... I read it that the cockpit was to small not the volume of the kayak. I would still look at one, at lest try one.

How big is this guy??

I have be have thoughts of one but I would trim the rear deck a bit and put a well in ;)

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:13 pm

YakSolo_333 wrote:That's a very low volume Kayak so won't be any better than his Torres?

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:36 pm

ThomasW wrote:Decided to replace my Torres (to big for it, and no desire to move the bulkhead)
Why not give your height and weight? This would give an idea of what to suggest. Max Grant, Q-kayak's owner, paddled a Torres around the Chathams as far as I remember, He is about the same height as me 6' but at least 20 kg heavier. So if the Torres is too small ?????

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:14 pm

I am 195cm tall, with 99cm of it in the legs. Weigh around 85kg. I can fit inside most Kayaks, but the Torres is certainly a exception.

Between the seat and the bulk head of the Torres is 92cm, so with the rudder pedals removed I do fit.. with the rudders inside I get dead legs after about 20 minutes and then disaster as I get out... fun. Theoretically I could move the Bulkhead but not a fan.

I do fit inside the Barracuda Beachcomer, so these a chance I would fit inside the Interface. I looked at it a few days back and it certainly looks promising.


A large part of me would love to buy the Mirage Custom Fish, because SOTs are simply more comfy. But I do like the extra bracing which SIKS offer, and with the skirt on they a bit warmer in winter... So certainly a compromise.

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Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:06 am

Sounds like you need to get out there and try as many different kayaks as possible. You should get a good idea if it will be suitable for fishing fairly quickly, concentrate on what you find comfortable.
QK probably have the best range of composite sea kayaks in NZ. The others are probably a little tippy. If your buying new I'm sure Qk will have no issue fitting a custom bulkhead.
If the only thing you don't like about the Torres is the bulkhead position and don't want to do it yourself, Qk will happily assist you with that too. Factory is based just outside Palmy.
Choice is a little limited for composite kayaks in NZ.

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Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:38 pm

Living in Blenheim does make it more difficult to try kayaks, normally means a trip to Christchurch if not further afield.

Getting QK to move the Bulkhead is certainly a option, although I need to find time for a North Island holiday. My Stealth often gets used more in a week then the Torres in a year, it sees to little use.

Maybe I should replace the Stealth with a Mirage, and keep the Torres as a spare for extended expeditions.

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That Necky Looksha elite I brought in would have been the ducks nuts aye :) only one in NZ though :?(
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