i was just wondering what you guys think of cayman toyboys... i have one comming in next week that i picked up for $940... is this a good price??? :S any info will be much appreciated... also is it capable for long bay trips???
As with any kayak purchase it's recommended to try out a few different models before you commit to a purchase. Finding a kayak that 'feels' right for you, and that you are confident and comfortable paddling is the most important aspect of enjoying your time on the water.
A suitable yak will feel comfortable, will be easy to paddle, will be stable enough for you and will have sufficient storage for all the gear you need to carry and all the fish you'll be bringing home.
What 'works' or doesnt work for other members may not necessarily relate to you. There are many guys here all fishing out of different kayaks. All of them have their good points and some of them have areas where they could be better.
The Cayman looks like a good solid value boat, but you really won't know whether it is right for you until you get your bum in it and have a paddle. While you're there, try and paddle a few other kayaks as well. That's the only way you'll get a good idea and be able to compare. Are there any kayak shops in your area that have test paddle days?
Kayak Fishing is all about having a fun experience...unfortunately choosing a boat that's not quite right can make that experience not so fun. I know youre keen to get out on the water in your yak, but most on this site would recommend to spend some time looking at different yaks before you spend your $$. This is the only way to ensure you get the boat that's right for you.
dooyor: its a bit late now to give it a miss... i already have bought it
scott: is 'russ' the name of the guys account??? i will look out for one of his posts...
davet g: great advice mate... thanks for the info.... though i have already bought it so i will have to wait and see how good it really is... i will get back to you once i have used it... i had a look at a few yaks at anaconda and got some good info from one of they guys there... he really knows his yaking... he showed me the seabreeze kayaks but i was looking at getting something a bit more decked for fishing so he showed me the rest...
I seem to recall you guys being able to stand on a 10 cm wide railing and throw a cast net continuously without looking like you were off balance for a second. I suspect you may be able to paddle an ironing board through Moreton Bay chop if you had to, I'm sure you'll be ok.
Mate I purchased the Cayman to fill a requirement it was never capable of. That was, to use it as both a single and tandem Yak. I thought that with the rear tank well area being rather spacious I could get my 8 year old to sit in there and I could get him on the water with me I was very wrong.
The Cayman is a beaut little boat and if you want a single it should fill your requirements. It really does have plenty of deck space.My problem is that I wanted a sportscar to perform like a stationwagon and failed. I could tell you that the Cayman is a piece of sh*t but that would be unfair. I have next to no experience in paddle time so it is more likely me than the Cayman with the problem.
I am in a situation at the moment where I must sell my Cayman and start again. I am filthy with myself at the moment and using all my strength not to let this experience strip me of my desire to get Yakked.
I read so many post's that said, test test test, but thought I new better
on this note i'll add that after a couple too many my mate and I thought my swing yak looke capable of some tandem work....so wrong! We survived without ending up in the water but only just - and our paddling route was a massive zig zag. Definite case of using the right yak for the right job!
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