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Hello , I am a noob who is studying for a purchase of a sit on style kayak, My budget is around the 500- 800,us dollars and I found a model by Sundolphin called a boss angler 12 ss I understand wal mart also has this model under its private label,, to my understanding it is not roto molded? is this a problem? kindly jump in and suggest other models I may have over looked I will be using this in Core Sound North Carolina

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  • That's a heavy boat. Apparently that is not unusual for a fishing kayak.

  • 800 you can get a beautiful pongo or Tarpon on the trade and sell market place until you get comfortable. Then go get a Hobbe Have fun be safe

  • The suggestion above of a Pungo isn't a sit on top, and as a recreational class kayak wouldn't be appropriate in Core Sound.

    I would also recommend the used route. Most boats used should be in the 1/3rd to 2/3rd of new price, so an easier way t get in to the market. Scratches on plastic kayaks don't matter (but gouges more than a 1/4" deep, especially below the water line might be a concern). Often buying used, people may throw in paddles or PFDs and other gear you will need also.

  • I heard the boat is made of a cheap plastic.I wouldn't buy it if I were you.Probably weighs a ton so you'd have a tough time putting it on the roof of your vehicle.I just sold my Sun Dolphin 12 SS Journey because of the cheap material and the uncomfortable seat.!Also it's very cramped in the hold area giving me very little room for gear.The gear area behind the seat is roomy but too difficult to reach for any gear.

  • @Hetzlerm1 said:
    800 you can get a beautiful pongo or Tarpon on the trade and sell market place until you get comfortable. Then go get a Hobbe Have fun be safe

    Pungo

  • edited January 27

    I fish from a Tarpon 120. I'm 6', 170#.
    Beautiful boat. Lots of storage and open deck space. Comfortable seat. Rack mounts for rod holders, fish finder, etc. Easy to mount and dismount from. I believe it weighs just under 70#. I CAN stand up on my kayak, but I rarely do. If standing is important to you then you might want to look at other makers such as Jackson. Don't settle for the 10' model..... get at least the 12'-er.
    New, the Tarpon 120 is about $900US I think, but as other posters have stated, a used one will fit into your parameters.

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