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||Posted: Nov. 14 2007,13:56
Newbies are forgiven for not knowing every precious word I've published, lol. But this really was covered in detail long ago in a piece entitled "The Top 10 Yakfishing Myths", published long ago and far away.
Although I'd change things a tad, I took the time to define what I called The Magic Compromise, leading to the "Best All-Around Fishing Yak for South Florida".
My bias is toward an all around design for our Southeast Florida waters. These range from ocean surf, swells, bays and chop, 10-20 knot winds, fast running inlets, narrow mangrove channels and quiet flats. I exclude special purpose yaks, e.g. for fly fishing, standing or motoring.
Design really, really counts. Hear me. No yak - no yak - can do all things well. A yak that "tracks well" cannot turn well. A really fast yak is too long; a really maneuvreable surf yak is too short. And so on. A yak that is good for all-around yakfishing in Southeast Florida has to be a compromise, something I have come to call the Magic Compromise
1. long enough to have reasonable speed
2. light enough for easy handling out of water
3. rocker enough to turn well
4. storage enough, and accessible enough
5. minimum important features (like tankwell, console, etc.)
6. deckspace enough to add things
7. good primary and better secondary stability
8. complex curvature and rigid design
9. rugged and solid
10. minimal hull slap (quiet)
And made by a quality manufacturer with plenty of experience, that will hold it's value and that is widely available both new and used. Buy a bad design and you will pay - over and over. Get lucky with a good one and you'll pay thanks to the yakfishing gods.
As covered in: Link to Yak Design 101 and Link to (early) Reviews and Picks.
Sans marketing good designs last. This could be no more true in the case of the Scupper Pro TW which simply refuses to die and continues to blow away the Ameribarges insofar as my completely personal bias and standards which go far beyond "I bought it, I like it and I recommend it".
YMMV. Actually my '83 Dodge Ram 150 shortbed with the venerable Slant Six is superior to both of em as an All-Around Homeowners Transport in Southeast Florida...
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