Kayak Suggestion

will i amwill i am Posts: 314 Officer
Not sure where to post this but I wanna get into kayak fishing. Issue is I don't own a truck. I own a VW Jetta and would have to put it on my roof. My questions are is it worth the trouble to load a kayak on a small car? What starter kayak could be my best options? pictures? advice? i will be fishing miami area

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  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,145 Admiral
    Not a yakker but there should be tons of used ones. So many go out and buy one and never use it again.
  • will i amwill i am Posts: 314 Officer
    Split Shot wrote: »
    Not a yakker but there should be tons of used ones. So many go out and buy one and never use it again.

    finding a yak isnt the problem i just wanna know if its too much of a hastle to move around a yak with a small car
  • DrKDrK Posts: 239 Deckhand
    Jetta should be more then fine. Get either a rack, cushions or pool noodles to hold them on the roof. Secure it with a ratchet strap.
  • will i amwill i am Posts: 314 Officer
    any peddle kayaks for about 600? used or new?
  • ameliagatorameliagator Posts: 24 Greenhorn
    As for the starter question, take a look at the thread "contrast quality vs value kayak' in the no motor zone. Spoiler alert--go with the quality kayak--hobie, wilderness systems, jackson, etc.
  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,294 Moderator
    Moved the thread for you.
    $600 will get you a decent starter kayak, but don't expect to find a Hobie unless its pretty old.
    Don't let the transportation be an issue, many of us use roof racks on our cars to transport kayaks. I am using the same roof racks on my Mazda CX5 that I originally used on my Toyota Matrix, and have no problem carrying two kayaks!
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • will i amwill i am Posts: 314 Officer
    jcanracer wrote: »
    Moved the thread for you.
    $600 will get you a decent starter kayak, but don't expect to find a Hobie unless its pretty old.
    Don't let the transportation be an issue, many of us use roof racks on our cars to transport kayaks. I am using the same roof racks on my Mazda CX5 that I originally used on my Toyota Matrix, and have no problem carrying two kayaks!

    thanks for the move! and yeah i wanted a hobie but dont really have 2k to spend on a kayak. maybe 1k for my over all rig setup
  • Xentrik1Xentrik1 Posts: 102 Officer
    Just my 2 cents. Get a used Hobie and deal with rigging little by little afterward if need be. I got some good kayaks to start and then got the Hobie. I only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. As for putting a yak on the VW, check to see if you can find out the weight limit of the roof. The quality kayaks will weight a decent amount. If you are just transporting one it shouldn't be an issue. If you are thinking of getting more up there invest in a rack system. It will allow you more weight and give you more width if necessary. Hope this helps.
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
    I used to transport sail-boards or 2, 15 foot yaks on an Ford Escort. I did invest in Thule racks, it was worth the peace of mind and a better ride. As for yaks get a quality yak at least 12 feet with a tankwell.
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  • Android77Android77 Posts: 474 Deckhand
    The drive alone on a Hobie is $500. I don't understand why everybody can't figure out why $500 kayaks from **** or all the other large retailers are what they are a piece of plastic impersonating a kayak. All these people with the question will this kayak work and everybody they see in the pictures with fish have a quality kayak. Get it through your heads your out in a big ocean in a piece of plastic and your life depends on that piece of plastic. It better be a good one. Go to the places where people that kayak fish see what they use, especially those that bring back fish and you will soon have the same success and enjoyment. Use a square wheel when the round one works and have fun working your *** off. Just like when you go on a drift boat see what the regulars are doing and duplicate it and you will catch fish.
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