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Thanks Peril, had not seen that one.
Apparently there is an article in Freshwater Fishing Mag that shows one of these :!:

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Heya Ian,

Not sure what they charge for these things? they are fibreglass so I'm thinking they would not be on the cheaper end of the scale?

My thoughts are one could do better, I think the design of these kayaks has some limitations, and custom fitout would be a pain in the ass I'm thinking?

I think the design is also suited for flatwater applications only (despite what they say), I hate to see how it would handle a bit of chop, the bow looks like it would dive like a submarine? this could limit your fishing opportunitys :?:
 

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I spied a couple of these on top of a 4WD with QLD plates on it at Salamanca Market here in Hobart in February or March this year.

I was checking them out, when the owner came back to Truck, Iasked a bit about them and from what he was saying was they were good for lakes and rivers but he didn't like heading out into the open water in them. He had a Cobra Fish'n'Dvie for that.
 

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They look ok but they don't exactly look like fishing kayaks.

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Ian, how are you going mate?

Have you had a chance to do a test paddle in anything as yet? With your disability have you been able to find anything that suits?

What's your disability limit you to? Can you carry any serious weight? Are you reasonably mobile (ie for getting between your car and the waters edge)? Are you a strong swimmer?

Obviously all the above factors will influence what sort of craft you should be searching for.

I'm interested to hear how your search is going.... 8)
 

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Dave,
I've not had a paddle yet but got offers from a couple of the Melbourne guys when the weather warms up down here. I can stand but cant walk unaided, my upper body is ok, I swim 2-3k's a week, its the only aerobic exercise I can do. I have an electric wheelchair and live less than 1k from a couple of boat ramps, my idea is to pull the Yak with my electric chair to the water. I can secure the chair and use a walking stick to get to the Yak. Thats the theory anyway! :)

Ian
 

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well I certainly wish you all the best with your search!

the reason that I ask is I was wondering whether you can support yourself in a sitting position comfortably and for extended periods of time? combined with sitting (core/back and stomach muscles), you'll also need a degree of flexibility to paddle and reach for equipment during your time on the water. this is essential to maintain your balance on the water and to prevent you getting a dunking every time a wave hits.. I'm also curious whether you have the strength to right yourself should you happen to fall in (if you're a strong swimmer with good upper body strength this should be easy enough)

I don't want to put any negativity on your enthusiasm, but I would like to see your first experience be a positive and encouraging one (as well as a safe one).

Have you investigated whether there are any kayak tour businesses in your area that cater for people with limited disabilities? A trip in a tandem yak with an experienced instructor may give you a great intro to the joys of kayaking whilst keeping you as safe as possible.

Good on you for having a dream! I hope that everything works out and look forward to keeping an eye on your progress. :D
 

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Dave,
I have some concerns, but I think with the best seat and back support my back and core muscles will strengthen with use. I reckon if I can get it into the water, get on it and actually balance then I will persevere and reach my goal, which is to be Yak fishing by Christmas. I am still dreamin.

Thanks for your concern :)

Ian
 
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