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Northern Neck

Hey everyone, just looking into kayaks a little.  I see a lifetime tandum posted below which looks very stable.  Does anyone have any recommendations for SOT ones that dont flip easy and handle nicely?  Something what doesn't break the bank since most are 600+. 

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caldigger

No picture. :(

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Northern Neck

I meant below a few posts in this section.  A lifetime tandem one. But it's hard to find apparently. Older model I guess. Didn't know if anyone here uses some and have any pointers when looking.

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Herb

Wal mart sells a pretty good one foe <$300

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SailingAlongToo

Craig's List and The Market Place both have used kayaks for sale at reasonable prices.

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Northern Neck

Thanks for the advice.  I tried out a pelican regular 10ft set inside today and it's ok but I definitely don't like the set inside feel.  Then tried a 8.5ft lifetime SOT and so much better.  Didn't rock as much and super easy to control. Prob look for a 10ft SOT tandom and hook up a trolling motor to breeze around in. 

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Bone Daddy

The Lifetime yak is still available at some big-box retailers (online), but the newer model is slightly different - it only has a hatch in the front and the rear hatch is no longer there. Most websites show the old photo, so if the hatches are important to you - ask before buying.

 

It's very stable - I haven't tried standing in it yet, but I am going to give that a try tomorrow when I hit the river again.

 

It's the most stable kayak I have been in (out of three different SOT types), but like I said in my post - it's SLOW.... not really an issue when fossil hunting, but something to keep in mind.

 

 

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Northern Neck
3 minutes ago, Bone Daddy said:

The Lifetime yak is still available at some big-box retailers (online), but the newer model is slightly different - it only has a hatch in the front and the rear hatch is no longer there. Most websites show the old photo, so if the hatches are important to you - ask before buying.

 

It's very stable - I haven't tried standing in it yet, but I am going to give that a try tomorrow when I hit the river again.

 

It's the most stable kayak I have been in (out of three different SOT types), but like I said in my post - it's SLOW.... not really an issue when fossil hunting, but something to keep in mind.

 

 

I like how a few models have trolling motor options also! 

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Bone Daddy
8 minutes ago, Northern Neck said:

I like how a few models have trolling motor options also! 

Me too. I am going to take advantage of that in the future. There is a steel bracket available that straps onto the back and allows you to mount the motor in the rear - I like the idea of rear mounting because hanging the motor off the side seems like it would get in the way when paddling.

 

I recall back in the 1980's, one didn't need to register a boat in Florida if it only had a trolling motor. I'm not sure when they changed that law, but now you have to register it.

 

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Northern Neck

I'll have to check on that for Virginia also. I really like the look of the one you have. Plus it's nice to take a kid with you also on it. I like the tamarck one they have but it's single person only I believe. 

 

Thanks for the help.  Your review sorta sold me on that model 

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Bone Daddy
7 hours ago, Northern Neck said:

I'll have to check on that for Virginia also. I really like the look of the one you have. Plus it's nice to take a kid with you also on it. I like the tamarck one they have but it's single person only I believe. 

 

Thanks for the help.  Your review sorta sold me on that model 

 

Funny thing is, I submitted this review to the manufacturer and they rejected it three times - even after edits. They didn't like that I was too honest with it. Kinda makes you wonder about all the reviews you see on manufacturer websites. They just want glowing reviews. My review was favorable, but they didn't like what I said about the third seat, even though it's true. Oh well, if they get some sales from my review, they should thank me.  LOL.

 

It's a good yak. I am happy with it.  :)

 

Good luck and let us know what you end up getting.

 

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Northern Neck

I thought your review was darn good.  Honest review.  It's not the fastest but it's stable. I went out yesterday in uncle's pelican 10ft set inside and a 8.5 SOT lifetime. Definitely see where the set inside handles better and is alot faster. But the sot just feels so much more stable. It's a slow cruiser yak.  I'm getting something for myself and will have a trolling motor for longer trips. I see that's a must for river use since your fighting current alot 

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JarrodB

I've used a 10 ft Pelican which tracked terrible. I currently use 10 ft sit on top Lifetime kayak that I paid less than $250 for at Walmart. It's very stable and tracks well. I'm 6 ft 4 and 270 lbs and have no issues even with my kayak loaded down. 

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