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46 minutes ago, gimruis said:

That is a lot of stuff!

I look like a homeless person for a few days on tournament weekends. 

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1 hour ago, J Francho said:

Looking hard at the Rivian. 

Great trucks.  I fully expect the towing range to be atrocious however.  My neighbor gets his Rivian in October if things go as promised so we will find out then.  This blurb on the lightning has me scared to have it as my sole towing vehicle....cut the range in 1/3...

 

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i don’t really want a pickup.

 

I prefer a an SUV.  but i’m concerned about having to car top a pro angler.  How much time is saved by not having to car top it?  is the pickup worth getting just for this reason or is there an easier solution for an SUV, either putting it insider or on roof. 

i’m torn 

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49 minutes ago, Jeffrey Walker said:

i don’t really want a pickup.

 

I prefer a an SUV.  but i’m concerned about having to car top a pro angler.  How much time is saved by not having to car top it?  is the pickup worth getting just for this reason or is there an easier solution for an SUV, either putting it insider or on roof. 

i’m torn 

what he said.  Get a trailer.  If the lakes you fish mostly have ramps or at least have parking for a SUV/trailer combo then just get the trailer and be done.  A PA is a beast of a boat in weight and also 'bulk'.  My AP 120 is similar.  I couldn't imagine car topping my AP.  Its a pain to get into the bed of the truck let alone 3' higher.  I am considering getting a trailer since almost every place I fish has a ramp.  Anywhere that doesn't I'd just pop it in the bed.

 

The side benefit of a trailer is that you can leave it partly/largely rigged.  Depending on your setup you could have a crate strapped into the back of the boat and other ancillaries in place like the seat or other gear.  Then you just need your fishfinder and rods when you hit the water.  Can't do that if you car top.

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Smith MultiSport trailer looks good.

Tom

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1 hour ago, Jeffrey Walker said:

What kind of trailer?  I am nto interested in a Boat Trailer, mine as well get a real boat then.  For me the appeal of a kayak is portability and speed and getting off the shore. 

Get a small boat then.  It will NOT be faster in a kayak....depending of course on how you store it at home.  My boat sits in a garage uncovered.  The launch to Lake Minnetonka is less than 1000 yards away.  I can go from both the Jeep and boat in the garage to in the water in less than 10 minutes on the way out and less than 15 minutes back into the garage.  It would take me that long to pull the rods out of the truck and put them in the kayak.  Of course with such a short drive, my rods never have to leave the deck of my boat.

I actually have a slip it could float in as well, but covering it and taking everything out of the lockers takes more time than launching.


Maybe none of that applies to you, but don't forget the time it takes to move things around.

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My Canoe has been comfortably riding on this Castle Craft trailer since the spring of 2008.

Super easy on & off.

 

Canoe on trailer

:smiley:

A-Jay

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What I had for my canoe was an Ironton PWC trailer that I modded by replacing the 5' front 'boom' with a 10' length of steel tube - transfer punches to make sure the holes were positioned correctly and a coat of Rustoleum white to finish it.

 

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????? What does the water size have to do with this?????

Tom

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I dunno about his area - but around here, quite a few of the smaller lakes and ponds don't have a way to launch from a trailer...it's all walk-in. Carry or cart only.

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41 minutes ago, Jeffrey Walker said:

any trailer is out.  i fish on small bodies of water, no trailer. 

Pickup truck is the answer for you.

I've owned 3 fishing kayaks, a Colman crawdad, 14 ft Mad river canoe, Bass Raider and several recreational kayaks.

All easily slid on and off the pickup bed.

 

Wife had a Subaru with Yakima roof rack and we needed our Wheaties to load and strap boats.

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With the size of your yak I think trying to car top it is a short term, high frustration deal. I see a cart and a pickup (and maybe a bed extended) in your future.

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33 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

I dunno about his area - but around here, quite a few of the smaller lakes and ponds don't have a way to launch from a trailer...it's all walk-in. Carry or cart only.

exactly i’m not parking vehicle and trailer, i’m pulling up to a pond or small lake , throwing the kayak in that’s it.  Quick and easy is the goal which is why i wanted something light weight like the hobie lynx but the more o read, i realized it won’t last very long because it isn’t a hard body, worried about rocks and dragging it etc 

4 minutes ago, VolFan said:

With the size of your yak I think trying to car top it is a short term, high frustration deal. I see a cart and a pickup (and maybe a bed extended) in your future.

i think your right, i just wanted to see if there was another way, or preferably putting it inside an SUV but that doesn’t seem very safe 

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I owned a 1500 size pickup with a PA12 (worked fine with bed extender) and had the same concerns as you. Don't want to leave my rods outside, wanted to lock them in the cab. My pickup was a regular cab, not even a 4 door. It worked, and just barely, for my max length 6' 9" rod. It could be stored at an angle, just barely. My M.O. was carry the rods on the PA horizontal storage while driving, but cram them into the locked cab if I was away from the truck. Worked fine.

 

The PA12 is a heavy beast. Awesome yak, very comfy for long days on the water, and the quality and features are unmatched. It's the Cadillyak. But be prepared for its weight, and you really need the pedal drive - it can be paddled but it's not great in that regard. Doesn't need to be trailered, but you'll want to launch and load very close to the water, and if not, at least have a tote system.

 

I absolutely loved mine but traded down for a Hobie Passport. I miss the large dry hatch, fully adjustable comfy seat and the 4-rod horizontal storage, but no regrets.

 

Any specific questions just ask.

 

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What’s the difference between pulling the yak out of a pick up bed vs off a trailer. 

If you have the $$$ for a pick up vs a grand for a trailer, go for it!

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If I can go back to the original problem.   You want a truck but are concerned you can’t keep a rod in the truck for occasional unplanned bank fishing.   A simple solution would be a two piece rod. 

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5 minutes ago, Tennessee Boy said:

If I can go back to the original problem.   You want a truck but are concerned you can’t keep a rod in the truck for occasional unplanned bank fishing.   A simple solution would be a two piece rod. 

I have tons of rods and none are two piece.  Dont want to buy new rods.  

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I car top a PA12, keeps me in shape ? I also top my PA12 on a jeep rubicon that’s on 35s that’s a little more work and planning before sliding it up there. Also I can put 7’6” rods in the cab of the jeep as well.

 

Someone said it before where there is a will there is a way. I’m not buying a truck just for my yak or rods, I would advise against that if it’s your only reason.

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