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J32952

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Inflatable kayaks?
« on: December 21, 2018, 06:37:27 PM »
Lots of plans in the coming year and hope to bend rods often.   New to RV, not ready to tow the boat (gads, canít even imagine using a ramp) and visiting places more suitable to canoes or yaks.  Canít fiqure where to put either on the MH...so, thinking about an inflatable.
   Who uses and suggestions for what models/ brands.  Think two people, calm streams.
Thanks in advance.
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jackiemac

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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2018, 06:45:14 PM »
We have a 14ft sea eagle, it's great. Easy to set up, use and take down. I will dig out more info. We got it online and the company were fantastic and it came with a 3 year, i think, warranty and at a good price.
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J32952

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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2018, 06:54:46 PM »
Looking at Sea Eagle. Model #?  Ones Iím seeing are shorter.  Thx
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2018, 09:22:55 PM »
I have one in my attic...a Sharper Image inflatable that my DW had bought before I ever even met her...a two man boat.  We took it out once.  I don't remember exactly what sort of keel or skeg it has, but the thing didn't track worth anything.  Th thing is probably shot now, all these years in the attic....
I used to do a lot of paddling in my Wilderness systems plastic flatwater boat.  It's nothing special but lightyears better than that inflatable.  I'd say that thing is good for kids or goofing around in a little pond, but no good for any traveling or even semi-serious paddling.  Other kinds might be better though.

Here are some solutions
https://www.glrv.com/parts-accessories/vertiyak-kayak-rack/
or
https://www.rvkayakracks.com/
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2018, 11:43:51 PM »
Inflatables certainly are convenient, but it is simply not possible to build an efficient hull shape in an inflatable boat. If you will be pulling a toad, put roof racks on it and get some rigid hulled kayaks.

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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2018, 12:58:47 AM »
My wife and I purchased onAmazon a 3-man Sevylor inflatable earlier this year and love it. It has a tough bladder and even tougher canvas skin; I have no concerns about it standing up to our regular use. On the water, it tracks well and is quite comfortable. Of course, if you want a comfortable boat for two adults, be sure to buy one spec'd for three!


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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2018, 07:02:23 AM »
We like you currently are limited in space so we elected to buy an inflatable https://www.amazon.com/ADVANCED-ELEMENTS-AdvancedFrame-Convertible-Inflatable/dp/B000J2O5VE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1545483531&sr=8-2&keywords=advanced+elements+tandem+kayak.  They also make the same version in a single if that is your preference.  This has been a very nice kayak and surprised me how well for an inflatable it performs.  It sets up easily and quickly, is very stable and tracks reasonably well.
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2018, 10:49:58 AM »
^^ That Advanced Elements "hybrid" inflatable is what we have, and we love it. Works GREAT for camping since it doesn't require separate equipment (i.e. roof rack) or space for transport/storage. It is long and rigid enough to track quite well in my experience, with a hull shape that seems pretty efficient to me (per Joel's comment above). We found ours gently used, advertised locally on Craiglist... I think I paid about half of what they cost new.

I've never fished from ours, but it has plenty of room inside (and elastic retention straps on the outer body) that seems like it would work for that purpose. Although a "sit on top" style may be better for fishing than a "sit in" kayak, which doesn't allow you to rotate around quite as much.
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2018, 01:54:22 PM »
We have a 14ft sea eagle, it's great. Easy to set up, use and take down. I will dig out more info. We got it online and the company were fantastic and it came with a 3 year, i think, warranty and at a good price.
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J32952

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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2018, 04:27:19 AM »
just ordered 370SE pro Sea Eagle.  Good reviews and inexpensive enough that if wife doesn't enjoy, no problem.  (Got a perfectly great Hobie in the backyard I used a dozen times the first month, then it has sat.. and a nice canoe that only gets used when grandkids here...)  I'll set it up at home, give it a short test ride and I think our first real use will be our planned Feb. rv trip.  Thanks for feedback folks.
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2018, 11:20:21 AM »
Here is an blog entry about using a 2 person Sea Eagle:  https://rv-dreams.typepad.com/rvdreams_journal/2014/01/maiden-voyage-new-sea-eagle-fasttrack-ruskin-florida.html

Another entry from the same folks:  https://rv-dreams.typepad.com/rvdreams_journal/2006/07/by_request_more.html

Also use this google search:  "sea eagle: http://rv-dreams.typepad.com"  to find more hits in their blog about their use of the Sea Eagle.
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2018, 02:43:32 PM »
Not exactly an inflatable but I used a 8ft Bass Raider "Ram" plastic boat for several years (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pelican-Bass-Raider-8-Mini-Pontoon-Fishing-Boat/8187896). It rode standing up on a bumper rack on the back of the 5er.  It could accommodate two people but I solo fished in it with an electric trolling motor on one end and a gas 5 horse on the other.  It could handle some waves and strong winds being near impossible to sink.

I also carried a 14ft canoe inside for a while but it made using the dinette a bit crowded, however if you did not need to eat on the way to the lake it was a good place to carry the boat, rods, etc.
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2018, 05:40:20 PM »
We have an Advanced Elements inflatable tandem. We like it a lot. Stores in a bay, easy to set up. We did add s stiffener.
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2018, 10:51:37 PM »
I'm able to fit my kayak in smallish Thune pod on the roof. Since it drafts behind the air conditioner, I don't think it's too much of a wind drag. It's nice to always have it with me.
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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2018, 10:09:53 AM »
check out the Hobie line of inflatables.  lots to choose from.  the mirage (peddle) dive units are unique, and steering is done with a simple knob.

they are expensive, but they are also durable and well built.
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J32952

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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2018, 05:04:42 AM »
I have a Hobie mirage (non inflatable).  Love the hands free, itís fast, due to pedals doesnít get into really skinny water..not a good solution for our travels as want 2 people (yes they do make) and canít fiqure how to put in/on RV.  At least for a first travel yak, I went inexpensive. 
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2018, 02:53:30 PM »
If you have a Hobie, you won't be to impressed with a blow up. A rack on a tow vehicle would seem the better way to go,,,gregg
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« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2018, 06:19:34 PM »
No expectations any blow up will perform like Hobie.  But canít fiqure how to putthe Hobie in MH (no Toad). Plus this is for two people, lazy river runs.  Different application.
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2018, 06:48:23 PM »
Sorry I've just got the model no, its 420x.  We love it.
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Re: Inflatable kayaks?
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2018, 06:56:38 AM »
No expectations any blow up will perform like Hobie.  But canít fiqure how to putthe Hobie in MH (no Toad). Plus this is for two people, lazy river runs.  Different application.

Exactly and that was the issue for us when we bought our Advanced Elements.  We were under no illusion they would rival a traditional hard kayak, but had to sacrifice the performance for the ability to transport.  Having said that we do enjoy it and happily work within it's limitations, which beats not getting out on the water.
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