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SchlitzBeer
 February 18 2017 09:40PM (Read 1641 times)  
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Looking around and seeing great price differences among different sellers which is expected. Has anyone found that on place that has consistently better prices than the rest?


 
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 February 18 2017 10:12PM  
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Kayaks differ tremendously and basically you get what you pay for. Many of the big box stores sell "rubber ducky" boats for a couple hundred often including a cheap paddle. For a quiet drift in a small pond they are fine. If you might go out into more significant waters - either big lakes or rivers with rapids - you really need something of better quality. Several of the outdoor stores sell medium quality boats and paddles although you would expect to get close to $1,000 for a boat and paddle. If you want a real quality boat - something you would take to the Great Lakes or the ocean, I would suggest you look at CanoeSport in Indianola.
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 February 18 2017 11:06PM  
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Also watch for deals on lightly used boats.


 
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 February 18 2017 11:06PM  
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Kayaks differ tremendously and basically you get what you pay for. Many of the big box stores sell "rubber ducky" boats for a couple hundred often including a cheap paddle. For a quiet drift in a small pond they are fine. If you might go out into more significant waters - either big lakes or rivers with rapids - you really need something of better quality. Several of the outdoor stores sell medium quality boats and paddles although you would expect to get close to $1,000 for a boat and paddle. If you want a real quality boat - something you would take to the Great Lakes or the ocean, I would suggest you look at CanoeSport in Indianola.
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I would agree with David, go to Indianola and check them out. Another great place is Crawdaddys in Waverly Iowa. Great store and very knowledgeable people. Either place should be able to get you set up.


 
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 February 19 2017 12:15AM  
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Kayaks differ tremendously and basically you get what you pay for. Many of the big box stores sell "rubber ducky" boats for a couple hundred often including a cheap paddle. For a quiet drift in a small pond they are fine. If you might go out into more significant waters - either big lakes or rivers with rapids - you really need something of better quality. Several of the outdoor stores sell medium quality boats and paddles although you would expect to get close to $1,000 for a boat and paddle. If you want a real quality boat - something you would take to the Great Lakes or the ocean, I would suggest you look at CanoeSport in Indianola.
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I would agree with David, go to Indianola and check them out. Another great place is Crawdaddys in Waverly Iowa. Great store and very knowledgeable people. Either place should be able to get you set up.


I'll add another vote for CanoeSport.


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 February 19 2017 08:10AM  
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Also watch for deals on lightly used boats.



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Great point. If you buy new, sometimes all you get is the kayak itself, and maybr a crappy paddle. Buying used you can often find a seller selling a package deal, because why keep your paddle/life jacket/rod mounts if you arent keeping your kayak?

I bought mine a couple model years old and it came with a good paddle, life jackets, anchor and ropes, rod mounts, and a dry.box. and I spent less on that than I wouldve on that years model of just the kayak.


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 February 19 2017 01:35PM  
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Craigslist the best bet on finding used it is there other sites/ways?


 
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 February 19 2017 08:00PM  
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There is no way in heck I would ever take a kayak into the Great Lakes. Maybe a boat! Cabelas sells lifetime kayaks, not as pricey as ascend or hobie, but they could get he job done. Most guys are not going to shoot rapids, but just do some fishing in smaller bodies of water. I do not personally plan n going into the ocean. Maybe find decent cabelas kayak, save some money or just purchase a boat? Rolling Eyes


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 February 19 2017 08:31PM  
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If you want to research some innovative stuff check out nighthawk. I have one of their kevlar canoes, sweet
http://www.nighthawkcanoes.com/custom-series/


 
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 February 19 2017 09:27PM  
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I'll 2nd and 3rd the Crawdaddys and Indianola comments. Also, newer place in Burlington has some nice boats and demo days.


 
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 February 20 2017 08:21AM  
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Ascend kayaks available at Bass Pro Shops are great kayaks at a tremendous value. You can pay more for a kayak, but you really aren't going to get a lot extra. They have some previous year models on clearance right now too. These kayaks are an even better value.


 
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 February 20 2017 08:27AM  


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I used Austin Canoe & Kayak (www.austinkayak.com) to order my kayak. Crawdaddy's didn't sell the one I wanted (although they do now), so I went to this place and they were great. You can build your own package (kayak, PFD, paddle) which gets you discounts on the accessories, plus free shipping. Only thing difficult about ordering online is not being able to test drive them. I also know their customer service is top notch. The freight company that was shipping the kayak somehow lost it. Yes, lost a 13' kayak. How in the world does that happen? I called ACK customer service and they were on the phone immediately to the freight company. They said if they could not locate the shipment they would send me another. I dropped $2000 in the kayak and accessories and they were going to ship another. A+ in my book. Kayak was found by the way and all was delivered in tip top shape.


 
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 February 20 2017 08:58AM  
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There is no way in heck I would ever take a kayak into the Great Lakes. Maybe a boat! Cabelas sells lifetime kayaks, not as pricey as ascend or hobie, but they could get he job done. Most guys are not going to shoot rapids, but just do some fishing in smaller bodies of water. I do not personally plan n going into the ocean. Maybe find decent cabelas kayak, save some money or just purchase a boat? Rolling Eyes



Why wouldn't you take a kayak out on the Great Lakes?

As for buying a kayak, you can get a high end one and safe money by getting a used one. If you want to buy new then pay attention to the sales and make sure to look at other places other than the huge stores like Cabelas. Make sure to check out Theisens, Farm & Fleet and other stores like them. I bought my kayak last summer at Theisens when they had their Father's Day sale. I saved $150 on a Pelican Catch 120 and I really love it.


 
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 March 18 2017 02:29PM  


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Little late to the game, but the Outdoor Rec Program at Iowa State used to do an annual sale. I'm guessing it's coming up in April just like last year http://www.event.iastate.edu/event/38619.

My brother got a very nice 2-person kayak there at a very good price - can't recall the amount or what brand.

Wouldn't hurt to give them a call. They have some of the best equipment available.


 
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 March 19 2017 10:27PM  
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Cool

Was on the Mississpippi when the wind came up and the waves grew to 3 to 4 feet. Damn scary. That my friend is why you will not catch me in the Great Lakes unless I have a boat with a motor to get my ass off the lake in case of severe weather.

I want to live to camp, fish and smile for many more years and not drown. I will take my Mercury motor and or evinrude and cruise the lakes. Thank you Very Much


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 March 20 2017 08:38AM  
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Was on the Mississpippi when the wind came up and the waves grew to 3 to 4 feet. Damn scary. That my friend is why you will not catch me in the Great Lakes unless I have a boat with a motor to get my ass off the lake in case of severe weather.

I want to live to camp, fish and smile for many more years and not drown. I will take my Mercury motor and or evinrude and cruise the lakes. Thank you Very Much



I was intimidated at first and stuck to the shore and close to where I launched. The second day I paddled across West O and it wasn't bad at all. It took a while but it was not dangerous at all. It was a nice day and it would have been a different story with bad weather but I would have been out that far or at all if the weather was bad.

My point is, it seems silly to avoid kayaking a body of water due to fear of the weather picking up. There is enough weather info out there to plan a day out on the water without fear of getting caught in some big waves. If there's ever a concern just stick closer to shore. I plan on getting out on the Mississippi this summer.


 
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 March 20 2017 08:50AM  
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West O. is no comparison to the great lakes. While I haven't boated the great Lakes I have been on Green Bay and experienced a walleye chop go to 7-8 footers in a matter of a half hour and GB is just a baby compared to the actual great lakes.


 
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 March 20 2017 11:51AM  
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West O. is no comparison to the great lakes. While I haven't boated the great Lakes I have been on Green Bay and experienced a walleye chop go to 7-8 footers in a matter of a half hour and GB is just a baby compared to the actual great lakes.



Are we talking THE Great Lakes or the Iowa Great Lakes? If it's the actual Great Lakes then I misunderstood and I change my response. No way I'm going out on those lakes unless I'm sticking close to shore or I have a huge kayak with outriggers or something.


 
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