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I am seriously considering a Pro Explorer.
Any body got one or had one :?:
I would like to know what you think of it :?:

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Ian

Know nothing about them but had a look on Google, and offer these thoughts after looking at pictures only.

Malibu is a good brand so that helps, but one thing that might be a problem it has very narrow flat sections along the gunwhales.

That may lead to difficulties fitting forward rod holders and anything else that requires gunwale mounting

As always, only a paddle of the boat can tell you the pros and cons
 

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Hi Ian,

You can read my review of them here. The gunwhales are angled & don't have a flat on top but you can still fit a flushmount. If you want them forward-facing that's O.K. but your rods will be at about 45° off the water rather than vertical. You can also fit flushmounts into the wide, flat centre console.

I have one for sale (only been wet once) in Mango colour if you are interested :wink: Go here for more details.
 

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Hi Ian, Malibu kayaks have a reputation for being heavy. I don't know about the Pro Explorer but the X-Factor definately is.

Just thought I'd let you know seeing as I remember you were looking at your options for transporting a kayak.

There are plenty of options out there. If I were you, I'd be sure to try out a few of them.

If you find you like the Pro Explorer best, I'd go for it but one of the considerations for most us is how easy it is to get your boat to the water.

Most good kayak shops will let you try out a number of different models without charging you.

Good luck finding something right for you mate.
 

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Adam, one of the main reasons I am considering this one is its weight at 19kg it is the lightest of my short list. It also has a great capacity. I just cant understand why it is not more popular with members of the forum. :?:
I was at Anaconda yesterday and had my first look at a Prowler 13 8) 8). I will be trying out my short list as soon as the weather improves.

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Hi Ian: The ProEx that Phil has is the one I was telling you about that is available here in SA. Phil knows what he is talking about. Good boat and personally, I think it would meet your requirements.
 

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G'day Ian, the other thing I have read about is that on other sites is that the weights quoted for Malibu kayaks are often way off. Have seen figures in the States of 80lbs when the official weight was 59lbs.

I'd just give it a go lifting a few different models if I were you. I think the Prowler 13 is a nice boat. I've lifted one of them before & it didn't seem too bad.

Hope you find something you like mate.
 

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Yes, all Malibu's quoted boat weights are 'optimistic'. The Pro Explorer is more in the 23-24 kg range I reckon.

The X-Factor is one of the heavier boats on the market it's true, but please note that they are a BIG boat compared to Prowlers, Scuppers etc. After all, they do have a carrying capacity of 270kg compared to the P13's 180-200kg & the Scupper's 160kg.
 

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Yeah, fair call on the X-Factor Phil, have heard of guys in the States stnding on them when flats fishing.
 

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Ive got one and trey are 35 kilos
they are a little heavy to lift but uf you get a set of C tugs or make your own wheels it helps a lot ( I made my own set out of 2 wheelbarrow wheels )
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i like mine if that helps haha but i can lift it onto my ford explorer easy by myself. so there is no way its anymore then 25kg!! ive fished it in some pretty lumpy seas at southwest rocks and port macquarie. rides well and tracks good, and not to bad of a price. the only problem i found was puttin a fish in the front hatch!
 
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