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  1. Leaving it on a cart like that will definitely warp it. There's suggestions in the manual as to how to store your boat but flat on the ground is probably best. Upside down on saw horses if you want it off the ground would be better then hull down.
  2. The quest is actually quite the paddle yak, just sits in the shadow of all the mirage kayaks. Even better with the rudder installed though I tried it with the rudder up too and was impressed. I got to fish one for a day and really enjoyed it, was even standing and fly casting in some backwaters. I didn't think it would be that stable but it was. This one had the vantage seat and it was great BTW.
  3. I have one of these...
  4. Riddler is correct in the Revo being a great boat and fast with plenty of stability. He also has tons of experience with a variety of boats and more years of kayak fishing experience than most on here. What he doesn't have, as far as I can tell, is first person experience on the new outback. As someone who has extensive experience with the revo and about as much experience with the new one as anyone can, I can say it does well in the surf and is stable, tracks well and like others have said comes with good built in storage solutions. Don't go by anyone else's preference though, take one for a test drive and see if it's for you. As for loading, I find it fairly easy putting it on the roof of my escape using the loading block and a pad on my roof to keep it from scratching.
  5. The passport is polyethylene thermoforming. What you're describing is ABS like the native LT line or eddyline. There is no glue in the PE thermoform process, the two halves are molded then welded together which is why they have a bit of a flange on the edge.
  6. The hulls contract and expand a bit based on temperature. This is why the pro anglers have a boa. The expansion/contraction mixed with a bit of stretch(which shouldn't exist but does) in the steering line can occasionally after significant temperature change loosen the steering a bit. A quick tightening especially at lower temps should take care of it.
  7. Could always put a rudder ready kit on it.
  8. I also used to use a thule slipstream when I had my xterra. The frame of this rack has a roller and you can slide it fore and aft to hang behind your vehicle using the built in roller, load your boat and then slide it forward. Very adjustable as far as the pads go too. Looks like they don't make it anymore but a few stores still have them. I do have one for sale for $200 but it's outside boston. Maybe consider downsizing your vehicle and making things easier on yourself or getting a step stool Not saying your one these people, but I see people driving around huge rigs all the time just to take their kids to soccer and they're totally overkill. My 4 cyl escape has done more than most ever do with their lifted trucks and full size suvs. I'm talking driving down forest roads, the beaches in baja, ski trips, moving houses... They're just flushing cash down the toilet burning all that gas.
  9. Load capacity on that rack is 75, so probably best not to even have tried. Sorry your rack won't work but I usually just load mine straight on the bars with a pad on the rear corner of my car. A load assist bar works great too. Watch the video at 4:00.
  10. I'm also going to say this is a bad idea. Who knows what kind of odd things they are carrying that could harm our native species. I'm surprised the USDA cleared these for entry into the US.
  11. You can make a little more space by flipping the cart over so the uprights are toward the stern.
  12. Not sure if you've tried it yet, but go take a test ride on the new outback, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
  13. I'd definitely go spend some time on the water with them at a demo. You can always demo a pa 12 at the same time as the outback but for open water and if you want any speed, I'd definitely go with a pa14 or outback. The 12 is great for smaller waters but it's slow compared to the others. For reference, I put a PA14 on my escape with no problem and I'm only 5'6", I use to do it on a 2005 xterra and that was tricky but doable.
  14. I'd say the new outback and compass perform fairly well in a following sea. Not as good as the more traditional paddle kayaks Riddler listed of course. The revo has a very round rear with a minimal keel to allow it to turn better with the rudder while the outback and compass have a more effective underhull rudder that gives enough authority for tight turning radius and a bigger keel. They also paddle well compared to past hobie models because of this. The 13 is a great boat though and I've never felt unstable in it and can actually stand in calm water on it a 5'6" 193. If I'm chasing albies, I'm in a revo, everything else, new outback. Also you mentioned transducer usability, you can put almost anything in the guardian cavity on the outback with none or minimal modifications. You could always transfer your current finder and then upgrade later. Good luck with your decision.
  15. I'd also check out dorchester bay beaches in the fall for launching. Lots of blitzes around there during the fall run and some decent fish in late spring. Probably good early spring too over the mud flats where it's warm for holdovers.