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  1. I'd agree. At 89 pounds for that size, that thing is a pig and there are much lighter very stable and faster options out there.
  2. I use a surf leash on the adventure island when going offshore. I also always wear my pfd and keep a PLB in the pocket.
  3. Briefly, steering control is behind the seat for most people and a fore/aft lever style which is ergonomically atrocious, terrible turning radius, loud drive that's difficult to install and remove and requires prop alignment along with awkward clamps. Personally, I'd go with a used higher end model for a bit more money than lose money on a boat you might resent buying then want to sell.
  4. I saw the riots at paddlesports retailer and I don't want to bash so all I'll say is try before you buy.
  5. They're already falling apart, just look on youtube. For the price, might as well buy a compass.
  6. I did a quick search and didn't find any definitive article on this. What I did find and have also been told by local old salts is as long as you bleed these two species and get them on ice in a reasonable amount of time you're good to go. Apparently other species you have to brine the meat, or soak it in milk or lemon juice to get rid of the urea before it turns to ammonia. Makos and threshers don't require this. The assumption is that white sharks(which are protect so a moot point) and salmon sharks are very closely related to makos and thus probably have a very similar biology.
  7. Threshers, makos and I'm assuming great whites and salmon sharks(all close relatives to the mako) don't pee through their skin like other sharks do. That being said I'm not a fan of killing sharks and release all of mine. We occasionally catch them as bycatch while yellowtail fishing and livelining mackerel sometimes very close to shore. The meat is highly regarded in san diego and tastes pretty good. We often serve it at heroes on the water for fish tacos after fishing.
  8. I would recommend trying the compass if you'd like a pedal and paddle yak. Hull weight is 68 pounds which 11 pounds less than the trident and It paddles far better than the older mirage models. It's not fully loaded like some of the other yaks but you can easily customize it and the price is right. The new outback has a similar hull design and paddles much better than the old one but is more feature loaded and thus heavier and more expensive but can do it all right out of the box.
  9. They had it at paddlesports retailer in their booth but I don't think it was the on water demo. ACK says they were told october 1. I would try before you buy as my experience with their other boats is that they are very heavy and slow.
  10. You guys are truly in the minority. I've had almost every model over the past 12 years and the only issues I had was a deck crack on a first year pro angler that was taken care of. I suspect if you set up an actual poll of users here, the number of people with hull cracks would be very small compared to those who have used their boats for years without an issue.
  11. There's a few good options out there. If you want them to keep up, you could do a revo 11. If you want to stick with just paddle, jackson makes a kids boat called the skipper.
  12. I don't know why you took that as insulting, it was the only kayak you had mentioned on this thread. Also didn't feel it necessary to mention the dry top as it's standard when wearing waders at least for anyone in the know. As far as surf goes, seemed to me a lot of people back east tend to exaggerate surf size but a normal launch around here is 2-3ft.
  13. I've only crashed a few times, that's true. But I've launched through the surf hundreds and been kayak fishing for 12 years. I started in Cape Cod and did a lot of flats fishing in a pro angler and chasing albies in my revo among other things for a few years before I left. I've seen probably 100 crashes with hobies and other kayaks at la jolla and the only seats I've seen break were 1 or 2 cloth ones. Watching crashes and the girls that work at the kayak rental there is a bit of a pastime when you're finished fishing for the day. * Wait for a northwest swell after may and enjoy the carnage. Anyway if you're so worried about the seat back sticking up in a crash, don't buy one or get creative. Maybe rig a bungee so the seat back folds if you get ejected. PUT THE SEAT IN THE LOW POSITION it's at most an inch higher than the old one, if that makes you crash, maybe get your inner ear checked. I get that you can't swap out the seat but when the majority of people really seem to like it, I don't see a reason for them to change. I love not having to wear waders anymore cause my butt dries out quick with the new seat. I can stay out for 12 hour days, stand up and stretch my back if it gets a bit sore after 8 hours. Maybe just stick with your old scupper pro.
  14. Ha maybe you can. It paddles great, it's fast and tracks well but I only got a few minutes on one.
  15. So to summarize, you've never used one and started a whole dramatic thread about how bad they are and will break in the surf regardless of that fact? I have crashed my 2016 outback coming in through 6 ft surf, real pacific ocean 6ft surf, and 4ft another time and it's still going strong. Also launched it through 4 footers and while it was hairy, I made it out, in fact, I've never failed to make it out, it's coming back in that's the hard part. Set the seat in the low position and go. I even keep it in the high position if the surf is 2ft or less. Point is, go do a demo, borrow one whatever you've got to do before speaking on things you don't know, it's only fair. Maybe even ask how many people have broken the seats in the surf, then people could gain an insight into their durability.