Introducing my new battleship old town PDL

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WaterHornet
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Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:28 pm

Picked up a new Old Town PDL a few days ago and rigged it out till late night.

Saw an opportunity when the wind died down and went out for a pedal!
I must say...
No regrets at all and it tracks through the water like no tomorrow.

I feel like flying even when it was a bit swelly! Even took the chance to stand on the yak when the wind died a bit. It's super stable.

I'd rate it 9/10 coming from a viking reload. 1 point short due to the practicality (super heavy) and need a trailer for it. I'm only 166cm and 65kg ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:31 pm

Nice kayak.

It looks like a solid unit. That seat looks really comfy too. :y:
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Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:48 pm

Very nice :y:
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Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:08 pm

Nice fishing platform for sure.
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Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:38 pm

Nice ride :y: :y:
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Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:26 pm

nice
how do you mange - whilst on land with weight - handling?
did viking kit it out for you with FF

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Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:54 pm

I'm jealous!!

While I have basically the same kayak, just with a petrol motor on it (Predator XL), I think there's some major advantages of stealth and ease of moving short distances with the PDL. And seems like the PDL is a dolphin magnet!

Enjoy it mate.
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Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:02 pm

Rahul17 wrote:nice
how do you mange - whilst on land with weight - handling?
did viking kit it out for you with FF
It's not too bad. It handled all good with the c-tug. On beach and on concrete. But I'd probably start driving on the beach to load and unload from now if I can.
I got a trailer which I just slide the yak on so that's not a problem. Pretty much have to transport it with a trailer from now on.

The fish finder? I wired and set it up by myself. Really easy and straight forward. No drilling required

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Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:04 pm

FatherOfMany wrote:I'm jealous!!

While I have basically the same kayak, just with a petrol motor on it (Predator XL), I think there's some major advantages of stealth and ease of moving short distances with the PDL. And seems like the PDL is a dolphin magnet!

Enjoy it mate.
Apparently the PDL beats even the MK with speed. Was happily cruising 7kph with no efforts. Pedaling at max speed took me up to 10kph!!
It's quite a quiet prop too so stealth definitely a big plus!

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Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:22 pm

If I was going to buy another kayak, it would be the PDL, no contest. It may happen as my Mrs is talking about getting back in to kayaking as a family activity.
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:42 am

Do it man! You will not regret it. Having a PDL will increase your fishing time as you'll have your hands free more often.
You'll reach your destination faster
You'll cover more ground
You'll have a dry butt through out the day
And the list goes on!

It's super versatile on the water for sure.
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AndrewRawlingson wrote:If I was going to buy another kayak, it would be the PDL, no contest. It may happen as my Mrs is talking about getting back in to kayaking as a family activity.
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:31 am

I like the idea of being able to pedal slowly to hold yourself on sign, and dropping jigs etc. Also being able to safely fish in close to cliff faces while casting softies.

And my elbow is munted from too much table tennis...

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Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:45 am

That is a very cool ride! 8)
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:50 am

Telecaster wrote:I like the idea of being able to pedal slowly to hold yourself on sign, and dropping jigs etc. Also being able to safely fish in close to cliff faces while casting softies.

And my elbow is munted from too much table tennis...
What are you waiting for?!?

SUPshed in orewa agreed to sell a demo model to me for 4.1k.

Pays to give them a call if you're free.. it's a red cherry colour! Sexy like mine

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Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:18 am

WaterHornet wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:50 am
Telecaster wrote:I like the idea of being able to pedal slowly to hold yourself on sign, and dropping jigs etc. Also being able to safely fish in close to cliff faces while casting softies.

And my elbow is munted from too much table tennis...
What are you waiting for?!?

SUPshed in orewa agreed to sell a demo model to me for 4.1k.

Pays to give them a call if you're free.. it's a red cherry colour! Sexy like mine

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When you said 4.1k a cold shiver went down my spine 😓
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:25 am

I appreciate it's a lot of money for a fishing kayak, plus for those of us not built like Arnie, a trailer would be close to essential, but it's a drop in the ocean compared to buying/running a boat or jetski. WaterHornet - keep us updated on how you go with it :)
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:50 am

Schecter wrote:
WaterHornet wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:50 am
Telecaster wrote:I like the idea of being able to pedal slowly to hold yourself on sign, and dropping jigs etc. Also being able to safely fish in close to cliff faces while casting softies.

And my elbow is munted from too much table tennis...
What are you waiting for?!?

SUPshed in orewa agreed to sell a demo model to me for 4.1k.

Pays to give them a call if you're free.. it's a red cherry colour! Sexy like mine

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When you said 4.1k a cold shiver went down my spine
I did thought about it as the price was steep. Could buy a boat/dinghy with that money.
But my experience with ocean kayak/old town hulls has always been good and I've had a 4.3 for almost 5 years and it was in mint condition despite going out as much as I could. And price depreciation was minimal when I sold it as I took care of it.

Another justification would also be looking at adding a Bixpy motor to my reload. Looking at a brand new stand point..
2500+ 1800+ 300 (rudder) is already just as expensive as a PDL.

You still have to paddle (hands still not free). The bixpy doesn't last the whole day. Or it could but you have to sparingly use it.

But I like to fish 6-8 hours and I like to troll and I need to work out my legs. So the PDL did the cut for me.

Again each to their own I guess

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Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:36 pm

WaterHornet wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:04 pm
Apparently the PDL beats even the MK with speed. Was happily cruising 7kph with no efforts. Pedaling at max speed took me up to 10kph!!
It's quite a quiet prop too so stealth definitely a big plus!
MK's got nothing on me!! Got up to 13kph with nowhere near to full throttle, but I don't feel very comfortable at much over 7kph
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Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:52 pm

Update on PDL on 3rd time out.
No regrets. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT..
Even landed my PB 24.5lb today with it.
Was standing on the yak all over the place..
50% more fishing time on the PDL!!
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Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:09 am

That top photo is awesome congrats on the fish. Great kayak.
Price, weight and surf entry/exit puts it out of my requirements but I do understand the benefits for some yak fishoes.

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