Well, I never got back to the kayak thing last year. too busy working on the house down there. But I want to get something now that the weather is warming up. I did sell the SD last year, at least.
I think I’m a little more knowledgeable now than last year (about kayaks, at least). I had decided on a Vibe Sea Ghost 130 used after looking through postings on all of the above kayaks. Hard to find used, but I did find a 2016 used one local for a decent price. However, in reading reviews, there were some problems with the 2016 due to thinness of material. I called Vibe and they will not warranty any problems at all if you buy used. That really surprised me. They admit it is a known problem, but they will not cover it. They say it is due to the fact they have no control over how the kayak was used if not purchased new. I sort of understand this. But if there is a known problem in a specific area, you’d think they would cover it. That does not speak well for their reputation as a company. As far as I’m concerned, that also kills their resale value. And the same applies to their 2017 and 2018 models. I haven’t completely crossed them off the list, as they do have a lot of nice features. Mainly the included rudder. I guess I need to decide if I would buy new instead of used. But I’m trying to keep the price down. I’ve decided to bump my price into the $600-700 range for used.
Here is my new list of possibles:
OK Big Game II
Vibe Sea Ghost 130
Malibu Stealth 14
Malibu X Factor
Feel Free Moken 125 Angler
Again, stability is my #1 concern. I will have to fight tides where I am, so nothing too hard to paddle. And I don’t want a barge weight wise. I’ll be moving it on my own. But It will be on a rack and I only have to move it 15-20 yards to the water.