The Penultimate Superyakfisher:
The Kaskazi Dorado
I won't waste time with the review of this truly great Superyakfisher which
you will find here: Link to Dorado Review
Since the Dorado is based on the Pelican hull be sure to also read:
Link to Pelican Review.
I had previously referred to the Pelican as my choice for the Ultimate All-Around
Yakfishing Superyak. This was based primarily on weight as the Dorado was estimated
at about 60 lb. Well the jury is out. I had the opportunity to lift the first
Dorado delivered to our shores and it felt lighter. If so, we may have a tie:
the Pelican for those who value lightness and a more traditional layout, and the
Dorado for an all out fishin machine.
Accordingly the Kaskazi Dorado is my choice for the best All-Out Fishin Superyak (this does not mean
the Dorado is my #1 All-Around Fishin Yak - but it sure is in the runnin).
It is a wonderful example of purpose-driven design. It is well made and the pictures
above are of one of the first two Dorados to recently hit our shores. The quality
and construction are excellent.
As you may be aware the Dorado is a beefed up Pelican that has been specifically
redesigned for the serious yakfisher. Like all South African yaks it is built
to handle the toughest offshore conditions. Just enough rocker with a full bow to
prevent pearling - a great yak in the surf. Very fast, turns on a dime. Surfs
like a champ. Quiet hull for inshore and the flats. Low profile, wind-cheating, fast draining tankwell and
custom storage crate.
Deep, stable seating and footwells. Recessed side handles that also serve as
a paddle rest. Solid adjustable
footbars with fully adjustable rudder toe controls. Kazkazi rudder designed to
break away without harming the yak. Huge center hatch with sliding
access to a forward enclosed fish storage bin (with separate front hatch)
(Note: the bin cover may be removeable or permanent as you choose). Front
rodtip-holding loop. Two flushmounts and hatch access behind the cockpit.
Now the Dorado is not perfect. I don't like flushmounts, and I'd prefer the
tankwell be placed closer to the cockpit (although this is certainly a matter
of preference, and rocket launchers can indeed be added to raise your reels).
But you can't look at this yak and not get excited.
It is a triumph of design and performance specifically for the yakfisher.
Availability: ask and I can set you up with the importer through the club for the best price.
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