Blue Mako F40 Profish vs Cobra Marauder

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otagodream
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Fri May 19, 2017 3:34 pm

Hi guys and gals,

Im looking at getting into kayaking fishing in early spring and would mainly be hanging around the otago harbor however will most likely head offshore once the confidence in a yak picks up.
Ive been looking around at second hand kayaks etc but have found that the Blue Mako F40 profish seems almost half the price brand new then other branded kayaks whilst still retaining most of the same features. In particular the Cobra Marauder seems fairly similar but is atleast double the price?
Am I missing something here?
Please help me out in suggestions and help a young lad get into the kayak fishing scene!
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Fri May 19, 2017 7:36 pm

Get a second hand viking mate

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Fri May 19, 2017 8:26 pm

What he said. :y:
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Fri May 19, 2017 9:04 pm

If you're serious about it you have 2 options - Viking or Ocean Kayak.

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Fri May 19, 2017 10:50 pm

Blue MaKo F43 Sportfish Ocean Fishing Kayak" Has anybody noticed that this is a pretty close copy of the OK 4.3 kayak but at less than half price. How can anybody compete? I have seen it and can honestly say not much wrong with it since they also used UV proof PE plastic. Unfortunately for them they have also copied the useless "Flip Lid".

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Fri May 19, 2017 10:56 pm

Cheers guys,
will keep looking for a second hand one!

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Sat May 20, 2017 7:41 am

If I was on a budget of $700 I would definitely consider it.

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Sat May 20, 2017 3:06 pm

We went with Blue Mako for the same reason, great entry level kayak etc....stable good kayak but very slow to paddle, plus its not ideally set up like the Viking with options for rod holders, tackle pod and all the rest. Wish 0we had gone straight to the Viking. Now we have the long road of saving for the better option, should have just gone down that road in the first place. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Sun May 21, 2017 6:23 pm

I guess there's a reason why the majority of people on the forum tend to stick to the recognised brands that have a lot of local support ....
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Mon May 22, 2017 9:30 am

Yeah just depends what you want it for - the odd casual trip or serious fishing.
IMO, to some degree at least, you'll get what you pay for.

Check the guarantee times for both - I think Viking for example, have 30 years or something??

Ok, I did it myself as I was interested.
Blue Mako: Two year return to base guarantee on hull
Phoenix: 10 years limited guarantee
Vikings: Website is down, but thought it was 30 years
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Mon May 22, 2017 9:55 am

sk8e8 wrote: Blue Mako: Two year return to base guarantee on hull
Phoenix: 10 years limited guarantee
Vikings: Website is down, but thought it was 30 years
While its easier if a manufacturer offers a generous warranty to start with. The consumer guarantees act trumps any manufacturer's warranty terms.
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Mon May 22, 2017 9:30 pm

MikeAqua wrote:
sk8e8 wrote: Blue Mako: Two year return to base guarantee on hull
Phoenix: 10 years limited guarantee
Vikings: Website is down, but thought it was 30 years
While its easier if a manufacturer offers a generous warranty to start with. The consumer guarantees act trumps any manufacturer's warranty terms.
I suggest it more since it gives an idea how the different companies view their own products
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Tue May 23, 2017 10:51 am

I'd like to make one comment that many may not be aware of:

Raw polyethylene is affected by UV relatively rapidly. It gains minor protection from some types of colour pigments, but needs the addition of UV stabilisers to be suitable for outdoor use. Like sunscreens there are a multitude of grades (SPF factors if you like). I've had the opportunity to work with many imported kayaks over the years, all claiming to have "UV inhibitors", "UV protection", or to be "UV stable" etc. While technically correct there's no indication of just how much protection is present, and some of these kayaks have looked much like I do after applying SPF8 sunscreen and falling asleep on a sunny NZ beach - rather burnt and sun struck!

Unfortunately I'm not aware of any conventions that specifically report the level of UV protection in PE kayaks. This means you need to treat any UV protection claims with caution. When assessing longevity I believe it critical to look at the manufacturers warranty and pay attention to any sun/UV exclusions.

To the best of my knowledge all the NZ manufactured kayaks including Viking, Ocean Kayak, Phoenix, Mission, QK, and Cobra use resins containing the highest possible UV protection.
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