So I got some money for graduation and am looking into getting a kayak. I'm not in a rush to buy one so I would like to try out some different models before making my final decision. That being said is there anywhere in the Hampton Roads area that has a good selection of kayaks (I know about Wild River Outfitters but are there any others).
Also since I'm a rather large guy 6'8" 270lbs I've been looking into the Malibu X-factor is there anybody local that carries that particular brand?
Check out Appomattox River Company off Victory Blvd on the Penninsula.
John "Toast" Oast
Emotion Kayak Fishing Team
East Coast Kayak Fishing Team
Thanks for the info.
Course, just to rub it in I go and get stuck on the HRBT this afternoon on my way home and I see somebody fishing the pilings in a kayak....saw him in the middle of a lot of birds.....couldn't see if he was catching fish or ducking from birds. Looked like he was having more fun than me stuck in traffic though.
Long Bay Pointe has a few x-factors for sale. 757-481-7517
Chris, I was one of the guys in at HRBT yesterday. Caught over 24 on Spro Buck Tails. We were going to take out earlier, but with the tunnel obviously jammed we stayed till dark.
I too am looking for a new SOT for a big guy... Am headed to Farmville today to look at the Ocean Kayak, Trident 15. New boat that looks well thought out for anglers. There are a few reviews on different websites (google it) including this DETAILED one from the UK.
Ocean Prowler 13/15 450lb Prowler Big Game and the Malibu X factors are rated for 600lb the Extreme 525 lb. Wilderness Tarpon 14/160 375lb the Ride 135 400lb .All these are a little slower but made for big boys .Me about mid size but older and slower and in no hurry one of these will be ok for me
Been talkin about upgrading since spring but had to wait until after hip surgery to see if I still could get in a yak .Had surgery in Sept. THINK I CAN so next week I'm goin to Florida and will rent the Big Game again for a day of fishin at St Petes. That should tell me for shure.
Chris I hope I didn't Hi Jack your thread . Check out Kayak Fishing Stuff for specs on big boy kayaks and then it would be best if you could try several to see which you like and fit your needs.I've been doing it at demo days.Rented a couple of time which is a little expensive. But I was away from home In NC. and Fl. and wanted to fish. Some of the guys on this board and other boards would probably let you paddle thers too. Good Luck.
All suggestion and comments are welcome. I just moved here from the N. Georgia mountains so I am still trying to figure out this saltwater thing. That being said I think a kayak fits my MO for fishing (strap it on the car and go). Also, as I stated earlier, I'm a big boy and would like to make sure I'm well informed as to what's out there.
Thanks for the additional info.
I think the birds were attracted to him (ataw)!
He is a dashing fellow.
And his buddy Mark smells like bait.
I was out there too, paddling a OceanKayak Malibu II XL in lime green. It's really wide and stable (I often paddle with a 4 and 7 year old on board!) with a capacity of 450lbs or so and is an option if you have a paddling partner as it paddles single, double or triple.
Originally Posted by Chris B.
Call these guys (actually Shawn) up at Bay Trails.
He is on the water and had a large selection of kayaks when I was there that you could paddle. I have bought things there and he is decent to deal with. One reason for the large selection of yaks is that he does guided yak tours.
I did not know about him when I got my yak and tried to get some of these other shops to allow me to paddle before I bought. It was rough trying to get them to set anything up mainly because they are NOT near the water. Bay Trails is right on the water. All they ask is that you call before showing up to paddle.
Check out Blue Ridge Mountain Sports in Virginia Beach. They allow you to demo a boat for $25 before you buy it!