Joined: June 2004
||Posted: June 11 2004,18:45
Ain't 1 under my butt....yet! Got the classic newbies dilemna;
wanna boat but wat 2 get?
The good new's is that any yak will be far superior to my current ride....don't laff....well go ahead & laff, cause it is amusing: a WB202 pedal boat. Hey, its gotta Bimini Top, tho.
Basic fisical facts: old fart, 55, 6', 185-195# range, bad disk located @ C-6. Will eventually need 3 hulls (in addition to the WaterBee)
Most likely uses for near future: fishing the backyard lake with occasional portages across the street to the lake over there. Occasional Honda CRV hauls about a 1/2 mile to the local canal which will give me access to a bunch of other lakes here in Miami Lakes....(they didn't name it Miami Lakes for nuttin' ! Another good name wudda been: Bassinfested)
Am considering the following, all OK's for 1st hull.
1) Caper - like the weight. Will cross the street real easy, with
or without them little wheel-carts. Should fit in the CRV pretty
good, just sticking out a yard or so in the back for short jaunts to canal launch. (Eventually will stick a roof rack on the rod). Also this would be a nice boat to deed over to the
l'il lady & thence provide an excuse for me to move on to...
2) A Drifter or a Prowler. Is the extra 10-12 pounds really
that much more heavy. Combined with the extra length, mebbe???
1) When I'm confident enough in my paddlecraft will want
to put the boat in the Salt. Would a Caper be okay in the
Salt....Don't plan to get very far offshore, in fact mainly
want to try for Tarpon etc in estuaries, inlets & so on.
2) Price Value Conumdrum - Capers run about 569 locally. Drifters about 599 & Prowlers about 689. Seems like the Drifter is a bunch more boat for only 30 bux & the Prowler is a bigger bunch of boat for only 120 over the Caper & 90 over the Drifter. Whatz up with that OK???
Will be test driving all 3 in near future & am sure that will
help me decide or maybe it'll get me more confused; will have
Any enlightenment or other considerations that you mite
provide would be most heartily appreciated.
Look forward to being able to fish w/u guys in future...
PS - this is prolly a real dumb type question, but can I keep
an OK in the backyard lake (kryptonited & locked to the
coconut tree)??? Or would the FL sun suck the color out of
it or otherwise degrade,decompose, or otherwise compromise the hull in an unhappy photo-chemical reaction over time? If
so, could it be kept on the water but covered with a big yak
This whole townz infested w/Bass 'n I'm'a gonna git'um