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Outings => River Rats => Topic started by: crashdive123 on October 01, 2015, 03:25:22 PM

Title: New Ride
Post by: crashdive123 on October 01, 2015, 03:25:22 PM
After test driving (to make sure Mrs. Crash was comfortable with it) picked up a Native 14.5 tandem kayak.  As you can see, it is sort of a hybrid kayak.  It converts from tandem to solo very easily.  This is a discontinued model, but rumor has it that Native is now under new leadership and some of the popular discontinued boats will be brought back.  I chose this one over the beefier (lots of bells and whistles) 15 foot (current model) because this is about 25 pounds lighter.  Makes it a lot easier to load on top of the big truck.  The payload is lighter but still rated at 450 pounds.

Maiden voyage will be this weekend....hopefull y.

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Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: zammer on October 01, 2015, 03:29:24 PM
Cool set-up, it's sorta like a canoe but yet like a yak, was this the boat you used in the keys?
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: crashdive123 on October 01, 2015, 03:35:01 PM
We rented one like it to make sure my wife was comfortable with it.  Some of the yaks we've tried were a bit too wide for her and not compatible with her arthritis.  This is the most comfortable (her words) boat she paddled.  We went back the next day and bought it.
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: wolfy on October 01, 2015, 03:37:52 PM
Yeah, that's what I thought, too....looks more like a canoe than a kayak. :P
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: greyhound352 on October 01, 2015, 04:25:57 PM
Great looking boat there Dave. Glad to hear the wife enjoys the boat.
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: wsdstan on October 01, 2015, 05:14:13 PM
Hope a bear doesn't eat it.  Nice looking boat.
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: Yellowyak on October 05, 2015, 02:42:35 PM
Congrats on the new Native Dave, I know you've been thinking about that boat for a while. The Native seats are real comfortable. I believe you can take them out and use as a camp seat also, is that right?
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: imnukensc on October 05, 2015, 03:02:08 PM
Very nice!  Really like that it's convertible.
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: crashdive123 on October 05, 2015, 03:16:49 PM
Congrats on the new Native Dave, I know you've been thinking about that boat for a while. The Native seats are real comfortable. I believe you can take them out and use as a camp seat also, is that right?

Not sure if this model is different from others, but the seat pan is attached to the seat.  I wouldn't use them as camp seats out of concern of causing damage to the pan.
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: Saintnick001 on October 05, 2015, 03:36:18 PM
That's a really cool boat. I've never been a real fan of the kayaks but a kayak that performs like a canoe. Our the other way around. Yeah.I dig that. How much does it weigh?
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: crashdive123 on October 06, 2015, 03:57:42 AM
This one weighs about 58 pounds with the seats removed.
Title: Re: New Ride
Post by: Dano on October 06, 2015, 05:27:44 AM
That is a really cool boat, I've not seen one like that before.