I have a Pungo kayak that is 12 feet long and weighs about 45 pounds. As I get older and can rely less on my wife's help, I'm thinking of a smaller, lighter boat. Your Pelican Pursuit 80 Deluxe Kayak...
Bob, my first suggestion would be to look into a transport system such as Hully Rollers or the Hullivator to aid in getting your 'yak onto and off of your vehicle and then using a collapsible kayak dolly that should store neatly in a hatch (or behind your seat if you don't have hatches) to transport your boat to the water.
Also, you could try paddling with groups if there are any in your area. Not only is it safer to paddle with at least two other people (the rule is three: one to get in trouble, one to run for help, and one to point and laugh...or provide aid, whatever), but it's a lot easier to load and move boats using two or more people.
Failing that, I think I would look at a nice fiberglass or carbon fiber boat rather than downgrading to a Pelican Pursuit 80 since you sound like you're on the ocean/in big water. They can be a little pricey, but the used market tends to be rather brisk and good deals abound. Above all, if at all possible, try it before you buy it.
Sep 12, 2013 |