I’ve been keeping an eye out for a good deal on a used kayak for a few months now. I wanted to get a 1-person sit-on-top version suitable for playing in the waves at the beach, and paddling off shore on calm days with a fishing rod. Coincidentally, friend Harold was also looking for a used ‘yak, but he wanted a small 1-person sit-inside type for recreational paddling at his new mountain property in north Georgia. We’d both lamented the hot aftermarket for used kayaks; used boats were rare, and they were never priced much less than new.
This weekend was a rare saturday morning that found me at home instead of out on my flats boat. Following some links on a fishing discussion list led me to http://ocala.craigslist.org/ and I thought to cruise over to the boat listings at http://orlando.craigslist.org/boa Whoa, check it out: some lady selling two kayaks, a sit-on-top and a sit-in, she just posted the night prior, and her asking price was super reasonable. I called and texted Harold, and in 60 minutes we were on our way to go check them out.
Each boat was exactly what we were seeking. A quick stop by a cash machine, and by 11am Harold got his, and I got mine. We didn’t even bother to quible or bargain over the price. The seller had to call back 4 other inquiries and cancel their appointments to come see. We were first.
Sunday. Gina and a girlfriend and I headed to the beach. It was a beautiful calm morning. Absolutely exquisite blue sky, an emerald green ocean, with feeding fish jumping and breaking the surface periodically. The fish were always out of casting range, but not for long. After a short paddle to get acclimated, I got my fishing rod and headed out. Not too long after, I landed a healthy 18″ spanish mackerel. I would have kept it if I had any kind of a fish box on board, but I let him swim off.
The yak was in the water almost the whole time we were there. The girls had fun in the small surf with it, and I went out for a 3rd paddle and went way out to where the water started turning blue. I encountered a full grown sea turtle feeding on the surface. I had this moment just bobbing alone in the light chop later in the morning that was pure contentment. Just this one trip and I’ve already got my money’s worth.
Sorry, no pictures (we’ve misplaced my water camera – bummer) This photo here is the exact model and coloration of the yak that I got. Its a 9’6″ Pelican Viper. Note to self: it was great fun, but next time rig up a rod holder, take along a fish box, and wear a PFD!