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Testing Out a Few Ocean Kayaks

Testing Out a Few Ocean Kayaks

Testing Out a Few Ocean Kayaks

We recently received a big shipment of the Ocean Kayak brand of fishing kayaks, and have gotten lucky enough to keep them around the shop long enough to test a few of them out. The kayaks we are going to be testing for this article are the Drifter, Prowler, Yak Board, Frenzy and the Scrambler. These are generally priced within reach of most kayak fishing anglers, so you won’t break the bank trying to rig one of these up. Which one you choose really just depends on your needs.

We tested the Ocean Kayak Drifter kayak, in the Angler version. This version includes a couple of flush mount rod holders, and a nice tankwell with bungees. At 13 feet long, and almost 33 inches wide, you are going to be hard pressed to flip this boat. You could almost stand up on this boat and sling a fly. It would take a bit of practice, I am sure, but if you are looking for an incredibly wide, stable, fast kayak, the Drifter Angler at 13 feet is an excellent addition to your stable!

The Frenzy is a great little boat, and at 9 feet long, you can quickly grab this boat and go. If you have any farm ponds, or creeks off in the cut around you, this is going to end up being your go to kayak. At 33 inches wide, you can’t flip this boat. It will fill with water before you get it flipped over. I haven’t tried standing on it, but I could easily see how you could get away with slinging flies on this kayak.

The Prowler 13 is one of Ocean Kayaks better selling models, and the new version is not going to be any different. They rebuilt the keel line on this boat, to allow it to cut through the water a lot better. It did a great job before, but now, it is untouchable. It has a nice hatch on the front, and looks like it is going to be decently waterproof. I would still be careful with storing electronics and such in it.

Next on the list is the Scrambler. This is a great all around boat, for any time of fishing youpentewan-kayaks-various will encounter. Small enough to throw into the car or truck and take to your favorite pond or creek, but still long and wide enough to handle rougher surf, or a faster moving current. The way that Ocean designed this boat, it isn’t really made fo bigger paddlers. You could easily get your girlfriend or wife into this boat, and they would be comfortable enough that you wouldn’t hear any complaining!

Last, but not least, is the Yak Board. The step child in Ocean’s lineup, but quickly becoming one of my favorites. Yes, it is only 8 feet long, and is extremely wide, so it isn’t going to paddle very well. However, as long as the wind is dead, and there is no current, you could easily stay in one spot fishing on this little kayak all day. Ocean Kayak did a good thing when they reintroduced this boat to the lineup, and I am sure there are going to be a lot more fans of it.

How Do I Start Sea Kayaking?

Sea Kayaks

Sea Kayaking Introduction

If you’ve enjoyed kayaking in the past on lakes or rivers or other areas of slow moving water but are looking for something that will give you more challenge and thrills there is ocean kayaking.

Ocean kayaking is a good alternative to surf boarding and we believe also offers more variety, with ocean kayaking you can travel long distances and explore ocean and sea life or go to the extreme and take the kayak out and hit the waves like in the video we have posted below.

Ocean kayaks are usually longer than your regular kayaks and are typically about 15 feet in length, whatever you do don’t use your standard kayak at sea, make sure you use the right kayak for the correct environment.

There is a significant difference in kayaking on inland waterways such as lakes and rivers compared to ocean kayaking. Ideally you will team up with an experienced partner who will show you the ropes or you can take a few lessons and get coached in the correct instruction for ocean kayaking.

Ocean kayaking can be a lot more physical than your standard kayaking so make sure that you are physically fit enough before getting out on the ocean. How fit you need to be is dependent on how extreme you want your ocean kayaking to be.

One thing that will happen is that you will get a lot wetter than if you are out on a regular kayak trip, so make sure all your gear is either water proof or stored in water proof containers.

Safety is paramount for any ocean based sport and ocean kayaking is no exception. Common sense must prevail, so make sure that your family or friends know where you will be kayaking, make sure you wear bright clothing, have reflectors on you kayak and some form of communicating as well.

Make sure you have checked the weather forecast in the area you are kayaking, tidal and wind conditions will dictate if you go out on the water or not. Lastly be aware of other boats and ships in the water.

 

how do i start sea kayaking

how do i start sea kayaking

How Do I Start Sea Kayaking?

 

Working with different sea kayakers. People ask me many different questions like what time is it? Where’s the bathroom? What do I do with this thing? Etc.

But the most common question of all is without a doubt, how do I start sea kayaking? Although the answer is not complicated at all. It does force us to ask another question.

See kayaking can cover a wide range of possibilities and types of hobbies which leads us to our first question.

What do I want to learn sea kayaking for?

If I want to learn to sea kayak just to entertain myself occasionally, with a relaxed paddle on a flat water body of water on rides of one or two hours then you would only require a recreational kayak, a paddle, a life vest and the desire to have fun in the water.

Kayaks that are appropriate only for calm waters, short paddles by design and size are called the “recreational kayaks”. These include mainly kayaks that are sit on top kayaks where the paddler sits on top of the kayak and is not protected by a cover.

Otherwise, if your condition is kayaking for physical exercise, participation in adventure races or competitions of speed, your focus should be on the correct technique of rowing, physical performance and a strong training program focused on achieving your goal. The type of sea kayak will depend on the type of competition but they will usually be kayaks designed or modified for speed.

Finally, if you are looking for a sea kayak to use as a vehicle for exploring or travelling either lagoons, lakes, coasts or rivers on journeys of several hours or several days and independent of the conditions of the time and season of the year you would need more knowledge and a more diverse skill set.

Doing this encompasses a vast amount of knowledge that we develop with time and practice. Techniques of paddling, rescue, navigation, camping, meteorology, planning trips and routes, first aid, etc.

how do i start sea kayaking

how do i start sea kayaking

The first step

would be to take a course on rescue which will give you the basic knowledge and skills, and more importantly will make you feel safe and comfortable in a sea kayak. Also learn alone or with the help of videos or books as a possibility by if you want to speed up the process a course is recommended.

There are several companies throughout States and Provinces that will allow you to take intensive courses of 15 days or more covering all aspects of sea kayaking.

Your next step

is to acquire the necessary equipment.  To choose a kayak there are many considerations to take account including the material, size, capacity load, etc. we recommend some of our kayak buying guides to learn more.

Sometimes shops will offer a kayak paddle and skirts included within the price. You must note the model and quality of these extras along with the price of the kayak to make sure you are getting a good deal.

In this case, any savings on quality may not be worth it in the long run. A good lifejacket is fundamental not only if you have to swim but also in the comfort that we deliver on a long journey, and in different weather conditions. Appropriate vests are designed to not interfere with the paddling and are adjusted perfectly to the torso of the rower.

At this point, we are already full of the basic knowledge of sea kayaking and the equipment necessary for going out on a daily basis. If we rule out using a guide for reasons of cost. The question now falls to who wants to go for a paddle with me! 🙂

 

Top Kayak Carts Guide for 2019

We are pleased to bring you another guide article, this year we have put together a list of some of the best kayak carts on the market to bring you a overview of kayak carts, including and informative guide. We have tested these carts and found some subtle differences and some drastic differences in quality. Read on to see our top list and helpful cart tips.

kayak on top of kayak cart

Best Kayak Cart this year

Our Top Pick

1. EasyHaul Foldable Cart


The Easyhaul Forldable cart is perfect for most kayaks. The only little learning curve was determining how you are suppose to utilize the included strap. Straps were very helpful compared to the scupper hole styles. It rolls well and it is a lifesaver because my kayak is thick for me and it is difficult to take it more than 20 feet. I only wish it could fit in my kayak stern bulkhead. The opening is just small enough to the cart to not make it completely through.

Suggestion: When placing on the tires, make sure the valve is facing the inside. The valve will hit the pin and make an annoying clicking sound and can damage the valve too.

strapped kayak cart

Yep, the tires smell bad, but thats pretty much the only con and you know when the smell of rubber is the only con this is a good product. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a cart its very rugged and easy to use and clocks in at half the price of some of the competition. A great tool for any kayaker!

Runner Up (Twice the Price)

2. Ctug Kayak or Canoe Trolley Cart

That much money for a plastic cart is a tad off-putting, BUT make no mistake this is a great cart. It compares to an aluminum frame, pneumatic tire, folding-type cart which you attach to the kayak with two straps. The problem with the other cart is that it is difficult to specify a loaded kayak on it with no cart gearing up and collapsing. The tires could go flat without notice. If one of the straps loosened, the kayak could rotate off itself the cart and then dump everything. 

This C-Tug simplifies everything. The cart can easily be placed so that you can lift and place a fully loaded kayak directly on the cart. And also the kayak stays put. The only strap system works very well. The wheels are tall and manage rough ground nicely. Assembly and disassembly is fast and simple. Potential negatives- There are no wheel bearings, so that it squeaks today and then if in motion.  Also the price tag is fairly hefty for most buyers. The orientation of this buckles well, as does the routing of the straps. This is a wonderful product: does what it does very well.

Also Good

3. Chicago Sports Plug In Cart

We used this Chicago Sports Plug In Cart to carry our thicker kayak through soft sand, grass and over things like gravel and roots. It functions really well, this is a real improvement over the smaller original hard wheel variant. The cart is inexpensive and the quality is excellent. Best solution for distributing the bigger kayaks over sand. My only criticism, and I’m being nit picky, is there is not a very clean looking choice for stowing the brakes on the deck if u have a livewell set up over the scuppers. 

I just strapped down with a bungies. This cart is a very great option for those that are looking for a well priced scupper cart, its got some of the best materials for a scupper and performed very well in our tests.

If you are opting to purchase this model we recommend you consider your kayaks size, since some larger tandem versions wont be a perfect fit for this one.

Do I Really Need A Kayak Cart?


As a kayaker, you need all your strength before you get to the water. You absolutely do not need to be dragging your kayak manually with your hands to the river.


kayak on top of kayak cart

Hence your need for a Kayak Cart. It will mobilize your Kayak for transportation to wherever you need to go kayaking. A Kayak Cart is a small wheeled device, where a kayak is attached, and can be hooked to a car/truck and hauled to a desired point of destination.

Before you buy your kayak cart, please read this guide. It will simplify your search for a kayak cart. Following are some points to consider before buying your kayak cart.

Kayak price


Factor number one that most people consider before purchasing a kayak cart is the price. Even though the price is important, pay attention to other features that might jeopardize your kayak transportation experience. For instance, a S Cart costs $110, and M Cart costs about $98. Even though the latter is cheaper than the former, it is more stable, long-lasting and less complicated.

The thing to keep in mind is that sometimes, cheap is expensive in the long term. But that is not always true. You could save up some money on purchasing a cheaper cart but with great features that just suit your kayak.

Kayak type


Different Kayak types require different kayak carts. You ought to make sure that your kayak type fits the trolley or cart that you intend to use. otherwise, you might end up with a kayak that can’t sit on the cart.

For instance, for kayaks that are supposed to plug into the kayak carts, you need a plug-in cart.

For kayaks that sit on the kayak carts, you might need an Strapped cart.

Some other kayak types are simply designed for strapping on the cart.

plug in vs end cart

Kayak weight


For a long-lasting kayak, you will need to consider the kayak weight. The last thing you want is to find out that the cart cannot withstand your kayak. A heavy kayak will eventually mess up the ball bearings on your kayak cart. Be careful because once the bearings are messed up the cart will develop a bend. It is difficult to remove a bend from a cart.

Kayak wheel structure


Depending on the terrain of your path to the river, or lake, the wheel type is important to consider. For rough and rocky terrain, you will need wider wheels and tires to protect your kayak from the bumpy ride. For sandy or muddy terrain, you will need thinner wheels and tires. That way it doesn’t get stuck while riding. For any terrain, you need tougher wheels to avoid puncture or tear while riding, ending up ruining your kayaking experience.

Design


Consider also the design of the kayak cart. The best designs to look out for are stable, solid and strong. This will improve the reliability of your cart. Carts are supposed to transport your kayak to and fro without any problems.
Some poor designs are made of rusting materials. After a short period of time, they develop a screeching noise that ends up locking up your wheels. Therefore, a good quality design will assure you of reliable drives or rides and care for your kayak.

kayak cart wheels

Storage


For good care of your kayak, storage matters. Some kayak carts are large and cumbersome, hence difficult to store. That means they might end up being stored outdoors. Therefore, you need a foldable kayak cart for ease of storage.

Frame


The frame of your kayak cart should be built in such a way that it protects the body of your kayak from flying loose rocks and other substances. That means you need the frame to be elevated above the ground. Also, a well built cart frame protects the kayak from mud splashing on it and dirt getting into the kayak. Lastly, ensure that the cart is equipped with good springs to protect from the banging of the kayak against the cart.

Is it a DIY attach-friendly?


Whenever you are getting a kayak cart, be sure you are a DIY kind of a person. Therefore, what you need is to realize is that while most carts are DIY, some a difficult to assemble than others. Therefore, all other factors withstanding, be careful to go for user easy DIY friendly Kayak cart. It doesn’t need to be complex in the manner of attachment. It should be easy to assemble.

Compatibility with kayak


More than size and shape of the kayak, you need to ensure that your kayak carrier is compatible with the kayak. Compatibility is key because it determines the number of other things. It determines the security of the kayak while on the road, and it does also affect the usefulness of the cart. If the cart is not compatible with the kayak, for one it will not fit properly. Secondly, it will not be useful to the owner in the long run. Lastly, it is a waste of money, as these carts are not cheap.

Conclusion


Kayak carts are designed to help make your work easier in terms of getting your kayak to the water. You don’t want to get tired before you can start your kayaking or canoeing. What makes all the difference? It’s the decision you make before purchasing. Therefore, this is an experience you want to enjoy.

There are various kinds of carts on the market to choose from. You need to ensure that you make the right choice. Your choice is not only informed by price, which is important, but also a number of others.

The size of your kayak, wheel size, and type, the frame of the kayak, compatibility with your kayak, among ought to be considered. All factors matter and this shopping guideline should help you.

Our Top Pick Again

1. EasyHaul Foldable Cart

The Easyhaul Forldable cart is perfect for most kayaks. The only little learning curve was determining how you are suppose to utilize the included strap. Straps were very helpful compared to the scupper hole styles. It rolls well and it is a lifesaver because my kayak is thick for me and it is difficult to take it more than 20 feet. I only wish it could fit in my kayak stern bulkhead. The opening is just small enough to the cart to not make it completely through.

strapped kayak cart