Originally Posted by Woodswalker
I've been thinking of getting a canoe to replace my clunky old aluminum rowboat .
What are the advantages of a kayak over a canoe ?
I've looked at kayaks but it seems to me that a kayak is less versatile than a canoe .
you are stuck sittng in one position
not much room to move around
have limited space for gear
no room for another person or a dog
can't put a trolling motor on it .
I will argue the first point in your observation with you. They are quiet versatile. They are extremely manuverable too as well. Their biggest down fall is weight capacity. There are some that can hump a considerable amount of weight but they are barges to paddle and will give you a work out. One of the biggest advantages to a Yak are that they can be paddled with much less effort than a canoe.
I will argue this point and the 3rd point with you too. On a SOT, you can sit in the seat and straddle your legs over the side, you can sit side saddle and assume a number of other positions if you so desire. You do want a good quality high back seat with good back support and for long paddles a gel seat for the fanny to help maintain comfort and blood circulation to the legs so you dont fatigue.
In some cases you are limited to gear but not as bad as you might think. Instead of humping around a big huge tackle box you need to get the worm binder bags and keep your tackle stored there. It keeps it more organized and you can carry more gear in far less space. Thats just one example of ways you can go to maximize your space and weight capacity in a Yak. You gotta think outside the box and work smarter not harder.
Get a two person Yak and yes you can bring a buddy along, human or dog. In some sigle person Yaks this is still possible to do.
Yes there are several models of Yaks that will accept or have provisions to be fitted with a conventional or internal electric trolling motor. I believe Ocean Kayaks and Hobbie both have such a model. Now the down side is your state is then probably going to want a piece of the action and require you to register it annually so they can get thier piece of the pie too.
On another note I really like the Hobie Yaks with the Mirage Drive. You can paddle them or you can peddle them and the mirage drive makes them blazing fast! You have to see one in action to believe just how fast they are over paddle Yaks!!! Yes the Hobies seem rediculasly expensive. They really arent. By the time you consider all of the things that come with them as standard equipment that a conventional Yak does not in addition to the mirage drive, they are actually only a couple of hundred dollars more and a comprablely equipped conventional Yak. The Hobie Pro Angler is a beast of a Yak for a one person Yak. It has tons of storage, a lot of weight capacity and aint short on features by any means. It is a bit pricey though...
And yes vegaswhales, I have some pics on photobucket I believe and I will look into PMing you so you can look it up when I get a chance. Id post them here but the last time I tried that Photobucket changed their format and I got my butt kicked trying to copy them to another forum.