I've been considering a fishing kayak to use in the South Florida area. I'd like something to use in the flats, bays and possibly ocean as much as possible.
I started out looking for deals on kayaks such as the Perception Pescador 12', which I found for around $450. Upped my consideration to an Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 ($700-ish) because of the added accesories and my thoughts that it would perform better in windy conditions or strong currents. Reading a little bit more I found out a rudder kit would help even more... (cha-ching... another $200).
At this point I began looking at peddling kayaks, which are great. I'd be able to move quickly against wind or current. My choices were between Hobie and Native Watercraft.
There's a bunch of pros/cons I have for both which I won't get into but both look like solid choices where I can't go wrong. The only thing holding me back is the $1800 entry point.
I also looked into both brands on craigslist. But here in Florida there's quite a bit of demand for them and I don't think it's worth it to buy a two year old Hobie kayak that's maybe $600 less with no warranty. It's a sellers market for both brands.
So now I'm considering the Lifetime 10' Sport Fisher. This kayak goes for about $600. It's not the longest kayak, so it must be slow. But my thoughts were to attach a trolling motor (mount $150, motor $200, and battery $50, etc). This pretty much gives me everything I'm looking for...
Wondering if anyone else out there has one or any experience in adding motors to kayaks? What was the stability like? Any experience with it in the ocean?
And what type of motor and thrust? The recommendation seems to be 30 lbs of thrust but I'd like to consider 36 or even 40, especially since I'm taking it out to sea.