Tips on Buying my first Kayak, what do you think of this one?

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Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:10 pm

Hey All,

I've caught the bug and as a result I'm pretty keen to buy a kayak! I'm shopping second hand so I can get as much for my money as possible.

Safety and Quality are pretty important to me but I'm budget conscious too, mind if I float some of the boats I'm looking at your guys way to try and get some feedback?

For example i'm looking at this Profish GT, what do you think about it? Thanks, any insight would be awesome!

Is this hull normal or looking past its best by? Sinking would be my worst nightmare!
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Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:48 pm

looks like a neat little setup. scratches are pretty normal on the hull. don't worry about them. kayaks with deep gouges and cracks should be avoided. hard to tell from the photo, but that one looks OK.

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Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:49 pm

Hard to judge hull from photos scuffing and light to medium scratch's ok deeps scratch's you would be rejecting something like 2-3 mm deep better to have someone experienced have a look . If you are a larger person I would recommend a 4 - 4.5 metre length kayak Viking or ocean kayak . Is the seller a forum member ?. If your a smaller build , the hull isn't deeply scratched , the price is good compared with new price then buy

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Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:03 pm

Looks good to me, Ive always gotten 2nd hand yaks and they have always been covered in scratches.
As long as they are not deep with raised edges its all good.
My last 2nd hand kayak looked similar when I got it and it is still going strong 5 years later.
Id much rather have a good 2nd hand Viking or OK than a new cheap Chinese import.

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Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:51 pm

Thanks for the tips guys! Much to Ponder.

I'm about 90kg and not tall, would a longer kayak be better for exploring the coast rather than just paddling out of a bay?

Definitely narrowed my search down to a Viking or OK

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Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:16 pm

That's sharper than my first kayak and I caught my fair share of trout on that, upgraded to the reload - it was really about storage, width for stability and space for rods and tackle for me. It's an awesome first kayak. IMHO

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Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:21 pm

If all your going to do is go to the firth mussel farms then it may be ok for you if wanting to paddle further I would look for something 4.5 metre long app

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Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:22 pm

I've just decided to move my profish 400 with almost identical set up, it's listed and I'll add some pics soon.
Pm me if you want to check it out.

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Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:31 am

As others have said that looks fine, has some usage scars but nothing that would put me off :y:
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...and the countless other kayaks I've owned

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