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I live in rochester NY. I fish most the time from my boat. But sometimes I want to go out in streams and creeks. I have a canoe but it is d**n near impossible to load alone. So I am trading it for a kayak. The kayak is a sit on top mainstream camo kayak. The guy doesnt know the model and I am a bit concerned that he bought 2 and only used them twice and wants to trade them already. He said its 9' and "w" shaped in the back instead of coming to a point. Does anybody know anything about this kayak.?? Any good for fishing?? I just want to make sure that I'm not buying some weird crappy kayak. Thanks

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ya that kayak should be ok i have worked at a canoe livery for 4 years. sit on top kayaks tend to be more stable than sit in's and about the w shape in the back idk much about but i would tend to say it would be another way of being stable.  although if i was you i would stick to the canoe. i have a kayak and found it can get kinda tipsy to fish from im not trying to sell you on anything but its what i have found. but i know the troubles of loading a canoe on your own until you get the hand of it.

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I fish most the time from my boat. But sometimes I want to go out in streams and creeks. I have a canoe but it is d**n near impossible to load alone...... Thanks

Here is a the way that I load my 17 foot aluminum canoe by my self.

I call this "Thingie" that I made, The Rotator" I have used it for both Jon Boats and canoes. It is mounted on the trailer hitch of the Tarus and it is very simple to used. I simply place one end of the canoe on the cross supports and pick up the other end and walk around the car, and set the canoe/boat on top of the car. I had made a taller version of this design for used on the top of a 1991 GMC Suburband also

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Made from scrap stuff I found and the Handle bar receiver of a kids bike i got from Goodwill

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I don't know anything about that boat. But if it was me, I'd wait until ice out so I could "test drive" the thing before buying. Maybe he's offering it at a spectacular price, but if not, there will always be some used boats available, from both dealers and individuals.

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Nice looking design on that canoe loader. I have already traded for the kayak. I have the attention span of a 3 year old so my interests within fishing are always on the move. Thanks for the tips.

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Call me crazy, but it looks like you have a sit in kayak there. Either way, it will be easier to get around than the canoe. Be careful, kayak fishing will slowly consume all of your free time!!!

kayakfishingstuff.com and ncka.org are a couple of sites that can give you some ideas for setting up your boat for fishing.

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No you are not crazy.  The kid told me it was a sit on top when I asked him.  But when he showed up it was the sit in you see.  i was dissapointed but still did the trade. :'(  The thing was in new condition and i figure it will get the job done.  I dont think he lied he just didnt know what I was talkin about.  

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There's a case to be made for both sit in and sit on kayaks but my preference is a sit in. A sit in may feel tippy because it'll rock more that a flat bottomed SOT but believe me it would take some real rough water or deliberate effort on your part to make it go over. I wouldn't try standing in either style but some people swear by sit on tops for that feature. Having tried both my .02 is that a SIK is more versatile in that I can cover larger bodies of water because it tracks better, stay dry in the wake of power boats and handle loading/unloading a lot more easily because of its relative light weight. I wouldn't feel short changed about the boat you've got until you've tried it out and seen what it can do. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Well I am glad to hear you enjoy yours.  Most modified fishing yaks you see on the net are sit on top so I just figured that was the way to go.  And I am happy about being able top stay dry easier.  Living in upsate NY I would have had to wait longer to get out and fish if I was going to get wet quicker.  CAn't wait for ice out!!  ;)

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That'll work fine.  Figure out a good system for securing your rods, or use a leash.  

I personally don't care about getting wet - that's what rain gear is for, and in summer, its refreshing.  You're generally only talking about little drips from the paddles once in  awhile.  My kayak leaves me high and dry.  And, yea, I'm a stander.

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Cool, nice boat

I tend to travel a little lighter but a SOT definitely has a lot more options for storage. I get away with 2 rod holders behind me and a small tackle bag in the cockpit with me. I've got a dry hatch with plenty of room for a small cooler and a change of clothes and I'll probably add a Scotty holder this year but that's pretty much it.

Good point on the leash. If you like it, leash it. Especially your paddle!

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