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Napoleon
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Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
Looking for a starter yak for rivers, lakes maybe occasional fishing. Would like 1-2 dry storage compartments. I'm not going white water so sit in with an apron isn't a must, but I'm open to sit in. Sit on with adjustable base seems the best.
Not looking to go over $900. \\


keakar
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
best bet is buy used, lots og guys buy them and then find its not what they wanted or like and then sell them cheap.

this also limits your initial cost in case you too want something different after you use it


Napoleon
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Kenna
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
I haven't really been seeing much in the used market.


sloopy
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
Massey’s


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keakar
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
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I haven't really been seeing much in the used market.


forgive me but its a FB link, but marketplace is the absolute best place to find ads for buying things, its about the only thing FB is good for LINK
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EveryoneGetsATrophy
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
What makes a Hobie cost 2-3k?


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What makes a Hobie cost 2-3k?


just because its popular with good reputation for quality i guess, probably little difference in any of them

they got lots that are in your price range so watch for a deal that gets you the full setup, its all the extras you need to go with it that cost you the most money
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
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What makes a Hobie cost 2-3k?


For a while it was their drive mechanism, but there's more competition now in that area. I will say that they're very well made in addition to well designed. I paid about 1300 for a 13' Revolution in 2014 and I've yet to replace anything on it, although the fins are about due. All the stainless hardware appears to be 316, not a cheaper 4 series, and there's zero rust and none of the control lines have broken or anything. I live on the water and mine gets a lot of use.


elprez00
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
Nap, I might have one I’m interested in getting rid of. I have a Pelican Catch 120. Has hi/lo adjustable stadium seat, big dry hatch in the bow. I have a Garmin Striker depth finder w/ battery, transducer is mounted in the hull. Has an anchor trolley installed and I have a carbon paddle. It has a stand assist strap and I’ve stood in it comfortably. Tracking is decent for a ramx hull yak, and mounting the transducer inside the hull helps that a lot.

Bought at academy in 2016. It’s a good boat, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s been garage kept the entire time I’ve had it. I just decided I really enjoyed kayak fishing and wanted an upgrade, so I saved my old one for my 9 year old to try. She’s been out a few times but I’m not sure if it’s a long term thing for her. If you’re interested and want some pictures, shoot me an email elprez000@gmail.com


tigerstripes
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
Amazon.com but theres a dealer near mobile that sells Vibe kayaks. I have to second the used market as I bought mine at a huge savings from craigs list in BR at a considerable discount. Theres also a Pack and Trail? in BR and Laffayette>


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nahtanojc
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
As others have said, keep an eye on the used market... you’ll get more for your money.
Masseys in New Orleans and Everything Kayak in Gulfport are your closest stores to check out if buying new.


Honest Tune
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
Napoleon,

I got a Wilderness System’s Tarpon 140 from Massey’s in 2013 for the exact reasons you listed. It tracks well, sit on top, 14’ long, lots of storage, can lay it in the back bed of my truck and strap it down. It’s been a great rig for me, fishing and camping and hard-to-get-to deer spots when needed. Highly recommend this boat.


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meeple
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
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kayak fishing

I’m interested in getting into this with my son but I have no idea where to start, what to get or where to fish. Any suggestions?


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elprez00
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
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Theres also a Pack and Trail? in BR and Laffayette>

Pack and Paddle. I bought my second yak from them in Lafayette. It’s a Bonafide. They were absolutely fantastic to deal with and exceptionally helpful and well informed. I’d highly recommend them, but they might be out of the OPs price range. They sell Hobie, Bonafide, and Wilderness Systems. Masseys has gone to Jackson and Hobie, and I think the Backpacker only sells Hobie now, or at least the salesman told me that when I was shopping last summer.


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CHEDBALLZ
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
Calypso in Golden Meadow is worth a driven. You can rent a few out and see what you like. I know you want to stay local but there is also a place in Gulfport with an indoor pool that let's you demo them as well. I don't remember the name though.


LSUlefty
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
There's an official Kayak thread here.

LINK

I'm on my 3rd Hobie if you have any questions.
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Tiger Prawn
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
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there is also a place in Gulfport with an indoor pool that let's you demo them as well. I don't remember the name though.
Everything Kayak

That store is by far the best kayak store I’ve ever been to with the selection of kayaks and accessories they have in stock, plus the demo pool. Worth the drive


armsdealer
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
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What makes a Hobie cost 2-3k?


Drive system, useful features, and quality.


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Fat Batman
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
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All the stainless hardware appears to be 316, not a cheaper 4 series


Whoa buddy, ease up on the 400 series stainless steel. Sure it's not as corrosion resistant as 300 series, and that's well known due to its lack of nickel, but I wouldn't go around calling it cheap. There's plenty of applications where 400 series is superior to 300 series stainless, corrosion resistance is just the one where it's not.


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Napoleon
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re: Where to go locally (NOLA) to look at decent Kayaks?
A 12' Perception Pescador for 4 something. They are 899 new at this boat place on Harrison. Mange escaped me. But they have the newer version but older version packs out better. I want a camping and fishing rig.



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