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sayoung

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agesilaus wrote:

Any thoughts on these? Thinking about a two man version. We could occasionally use some sort of boat but don't want to haul a full size one around. Nothing too energetic paddling around lakes and such. We have a fold-boat at home but it's just too much trouble to haul around with the motor and fuel. Need to sell it actually.

We have a Hobi 2 person inflatable . Good quality but I have to admit on the pricey side.

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Some have said these are good also, just a bit bulky for me. But some have more room then others.
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Posted: 05/17/21 04:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thought about inflatables, but seemed like a lot of work to pump up, deflate and the wipe down all the folds.

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We think separate Kayaks are more fun than tandems, but individual choice on that.

One tidbit, don't go with a 9 or 10 footer. Go with at least a 12 ft, tracks much better that a 10ft, and don't max out the weight rating, get one rated 50% ish more, than your weight. Will ride and track much better.

Very easy to haul in a PU, with a hitch expender. Boondox, makes a great one

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You dont really wipe off the folds, lol. Rinse it let it dry, ipen the deflate plug. Its rolled up in like 3 minutes. With foot pump they blow up prety fast. But you can always get a dc or ac air bed pump. Blows it up quickly and no work to the user.

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I had a Sea Eagle "Fast Trak" 12'6" inflatable - could be paddled solo or tandem. Had nice low sides, with a skeg, so it wasn't too affected by a crosswind (a problem with so many inflatables) and if you jumped out of it to snorkel, for example, it was easy and stable to get back in. Folded up to suitcase size - we carried it under the kitchen table in our MH. I normally paddle "hard" kayaks - I would rate this model of inflatable as being quite comparable to a recreational kayak.

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I have the Sea Eagle 370 works great for just simple paddling around. It's easy to inflate/deflate and stows easily in the pass through storage.


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OK sounds like the Sea Eagle 370 is the popular choice. Thanks for all the suggestions


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I have an Intex 2 inflatable and only used it once. I thought it would be easier to store and deal with but it's a bit of a pain to pack up and stow. I would say it doesn't paddle as fast or maneuver as well as a hard kayak. Looking back, I would pass on an inflatable.

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Take a look at the Advanced Elements Island Voyage. We've had ours for three years now and it does work well. The air chambers inflate to 2 and 3 psi so it's quite stiff. We use the 2-way pump with a gauge to inflate it.


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Posted: 05/27/21 05:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another brand to look at would be Paddle North. I have one of their paddleboards, but they have kayaks as well.

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