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Dwerg

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I've decided on my next money pit. Kayaking! :D

I've done all sorts of paddling and it has always been something I enjoy. Planning to get a tandem kayak, nothing sporty, just a basic jobbie that wife, myself and the dogs can go row around with every now and again, on holiday etc. Not deep sea fishing or white water or anything, just recreational, beer in hand type of stuff.

Can anyone share some insight on which kayak models to look out for/avoid? I was looking at the Vanhunks ones on takealot as a start.

Where to I shop for mounting gear for my car?
 

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Nice hobby to get into Jaco.

Since the Feel free Nomad single, Epic Getaway tandem and C-kayak single, I finally found the Vagabond suits my needs the best.

They have engineered cut outs on the side which stops you hitting the kayak continuously and make paddling easier. Something that makes the wider kayaks often irritating.

Their design is very streamline and seems uncomfortably narrow, but they are surprisingly stable and easy to balance.

The C-kayak is very affordable, but you get what you pay for. I hated it. The Epic tandem was too heavy, although it paddled quite well.

The Vagabond is fast and that's what you want. When you go paddle, doesn't matter at what speed, you want to cover distance and in doing so take in more scenery. A slow, hard to paddle and crap tracking kayak will make you lose interest very quickly.

Also seriously consider two singles opposed to a tandem. They sound very romantic in the beginning but are heavy and despite them saying you can paddle them 1 up, it's simply no fun. When swambo doesn't want to go, you take yours and you're off. When she wishes to join in the fun, just load the other one as well.

I use Thule racks simply because they're superior to the rest, albeit freakishly expensive. You can also look at Holdfast. You don't need all the fancy kayak specific rack accessories, just gooi them flat on the load bars.

Find out from Thule which footpack serial number your car takes and keep an eye on marketplace for the right one to come along.

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Good comment from Kobus there!

I have the Legend Nessy, and find it fantastic. But would also like a single to be able to carry to the beach/river and load it on my own when I have no partners to help!

I would also buy secondhand, you get good value for money!

Also use normal load bars on the roof and tie it down with straps👍🏻
 

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Maak seker een of ander tyd jy kom paddle Kraalbaai en Churchaven in die somer Dwerg. Baie mooi
 

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Great info thanks @Kobus Myburg

Yeah tandem sounds nice but I know my wife is not going to get up at 6 for a paddle and going out by myself on a tandem is not ideal. Thought I’d start with tandem so I don’t have to buy 2 straight away but it sounds like if I go that route, I might end up having to buy two solo’s anyway 🤣
 

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Paddling is fun, when much younger, slicing the Berg River with a K1, or carving the G-spot at Melkbaai on a Kowalski, was my favourite fun stuff to do single. Nowadays I'd have to find a kayak that will fit into the TV room... 😵‍💫
 

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Hi D

Ek is 'n Vagabond handelaar. Hier is 'n Mazowe (die een vir 2 outjies), 'n Marimba (die vinnige enkel) en 'n Kasai (die een met goeie balans tussen spoed en stabiliteit) as demonstasie-skepe.

Hier by ons is 'n dam waar 'n ou so 600m in die rondte kan roei om hulle te evalueer.

Dit kan sin maak om aldrie te probeer om die besluit makliker te maak. Jy's welkom om hulle almal te kom toetsvaar.

Ek is so naby Robertson.
 

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Hi D

Ek is 'n Vagabond handelaar. Hier is 'n Mazowe (die een vir 2 outjies), 'n Marimba (die vinnige enkel) en 'n Kasai (die een met goeie balans tussen spoed en stabiliteit) as demonstasie-skepe.

Hier by ons is 'n dam waar 'n ou so 600m in die rondte kan roei om hulle te evalueer.

Dit kan sin maak om aldrie te probeer om die besluit makliker te maak. Jy's welkom om hulle almal te kom toetsvaar.

Ek is so naby Robertson.
Hi Jacques, is there a "fishing" model?
Best,
OB
 

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Hi OB.

Many Vagabond singles are available as anglers.

I'll supply details tomorrow.

Cheers
 

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I still got my tandem
My ex went out with me on the dam and river but refused to go out in the ocean so I paddled the tandem alone in the ocean
Not ideal but not too bad either

I also got an ‘Ark’ inflatable kayak which I paddled out into the ocean but it was not much fun. Almost got in serious trouble because the wind just grab it like a sail. I was in seriously deep water in no time and had to use all my skill to gradually work my way back to the shore.

It should be awesome in a river but never again on the ocean!!
 

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The Vagabond Tsomo, Tarka, Kasai and Marimba models are available as anglers.

They get 2 rod holders, deck rails and an anchor trolley added.

I think the Kasai Angler would be a very good choice because it can do distance, carry a load and is very stable. (Standing on a Kasai is easier than standing on a Marimba).
 

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The Vagabond Tsomo, Tarka, Kasai and Marimba models are available as anglers.

They get 2 rod holders, deck rails and an anchor trolley added.

I think the Kasai Angler would be a very good choice because it can do distance, carry a load and is very stable. (Standing on a Kasai is easier than standing on a Marimba).
Thanks Jacques. I will send you a PM 👍
Also thanks @Dwerg for starting the thread & @Kobus Myburg for your input 👍
 

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Good comment from Kobus there!

I have the Legend Nessy, and find it fantastic. But would also like a single to be able to carry to the beach/river and load it on my own when I have no partners to help!

I would also buy secondhand, you get good value for money!

Also use normal load bars on the roof and tie it down with straps👍🏻
My research also pointed me to the Nessie. Havent pulled the trigger yet. Trouble figuring out how to transport it
 

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Speak to Jacques. He knows his stuff and can source for good prices
 

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Good evening Gents
I own an outdoor store in Stilbaai (Stilbaai Adventures) and also sell various brands of kayaks etc. I am also a stockist of Fluid, Vanhunks and Vagabond, so can give a nice comparison on those. If you are interested in the Vagabond, im sure JacquesM could definitely assist you, but if you want to look at any of the others or just want general info, you can contact me. I also resell holfast roofracks and accessories. o82o738566.
 

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My wife wanted to try this as well so we borrowed a double kayak and went for a paddle in the harbour. after 20 min my back was killing me and it wasn't fun anymore. She enjoyed it and want to buy one, I'm not to comfortable as it was not suck a great experience because of the back pain. I run 3 times a week and cycle, not super fit but in shape, not sure what the problem can be.
 
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