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09' Stealth First Impression

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Picked up my new yak yesterday(my first) and had a too quick 3 Hour paddle.The Stealth 12 by Malibu in my opion is the perfect platform for someone just starting out in kayak fishing,very functional,very stable and pretty roomy,lots of nice features.I've only found two things so far that I'm not crazy about.The two forward rod holders are very hard to reach and just about right at the water line.From what I can tell,Malibu has these on all their fishing kayaks.They will need to be modified to be truly useable.That was one of the selling points for me(4 rodholders),so I'm not crazy about that.Also the new design,with the bait tank and 2 storage compartments along side of it is being advertised as a "casting deck",well I am brand new to fishing from a yak and I was able to get up there and stand without much of a problem my first time out but what they don't tell you and what I figured out for myself pretty quickly is that it's much easier and much more stable to just stand in the foot wells.Overall though I am very pleased with my purchase and have fallen into obsession with my new hobby.Can't wait to take it out again,told wifey I'd wait till tomorrow to go again but I might not be able to wait that long.She's not going to like when I break the news to her!beatin.gifbeatin.gifbeatin.gif

 

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Looking forward to some pics and some reviews here soon!!!

I'm an MalibuKayaks X-Factor owner myself....I've looked at the stealth 12 for "Quicktripping" here in the future for myself instead of braking out "The Tank"

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great post!

 

I just tried out the stealth 12 today and it was great.

 

Do you think this boat is good for a 240 lb guy like me?

 

I am about to be a 1st time kayak owner, I will be fishing in freshwater and saltwater.

 

I also thought the 14' was a beast. The 12' seemed easier to carry around and to travel with in the bed of my truck with a bed extender.

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Tundra,the 12 is rated for 450 pounds so technically it will hold you and 200 lbs of gear if you wanted to load it that heavy but I'm new to this too and I haven't loaded mine to anything close to the limit.You say you tried it out so you must feel like it has enough room for you.I weigh 170 and personally if I was a bigger guy I might look at something with a little more capacity only because I would want to stay as dry as possible.I'm not saying you'll get overly wet in the 12,I don't know that for a fact,this is just my thought process.I will say this though,the rod hoders are positioned very close to the water line(the front ones)and when I came in they were full of water.I wouldn't want to be lower in the water than I already am now.

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Tundra You would be fine at 240lbs.

 

As newer yakkers make sure you have that PFD on all the time. Also be careful with only waders and a pfd. Hypothermia is just as fatal as trying to breathe underwater. I know you were in a very populated small stream, and would not do that on open saltwater, just wanted to point it out to other new yakkers.

 

Google kayak fishing safety, there is alot of good content out there talking about this.

 

Good luck with your Stealth, it looks great!

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I got it at "********" in Uncasville,Ct(near the casinos) 1-860-848-4799 ask for Steve and tell him Everett sent you.He's a really good guy and gave me a heck of a deal on a fully rigged yak.He's also on the internet,search ********.com,als he had a couple of 14's when I was there last week.

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