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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #30 on: December 18, 2010, 08:38:01 pm »
I have a tan T13 and I really like it.  However, I have had someone mention that for safety they think kayaks should be bright (yellow, blue, red, etc) rather than natural colours.  They are easier to spot, both out in the water, and along the shore if there is a problem and someone is coming to find you to rescue you.

Yet I still like my tan kayak.  :)


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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #31 on: December 18, 2010, 09:36:42 pm »
with the Yellow model, im just worried its gonna get that dingy look yellow plastic usually gets.
its an aesthetic thing, and maybe something im looking too much into.


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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2010, 01:33:48 am »
Ouird: From what I've read of your other posts on dry suites and other safety gear I would consider you one of the more safety minded guys on the site. If the price is the same and both kayaks are siting side by side why not go for the yellow. I don't need to tell you how important it is to be seen.. especially if your on a fairly busy lake or river system with a lot of motor boats, Those crazy sob's race around kicking up wake and barely looking out for other big boaters let alone a guy sitting on the water. Now for Bob D. no offence meant  I wouldn't sell my Kayak just because it's tan but unless there's an overwhelming reason to choose the tan one IE. way cheaper or better rigged. If both kayaks are the same you're going to feel safer in the high visibility yellow. You can always wash it. I bought a mango Malibu http://www.malibukayaks.com/kayak_stealth_12.asp because it was the color they had in stock and could ship the fastest, once I got it I was glad I picked the color as it is highly visible on the water and I know I'm easy to see
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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2010, 12:01:41 pm »
thanks patrick/Bob
i actually think im going for the yellow one anyways.
after having a chat with seller, looks as though the tan one is gone
but he still has a t15, and a t13 in yellow.  and after thinking a bit more, the yellow is prolly best


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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #34 on: December 19, 2010, 03:57:34 pm »
I saw your suit...You could buy a blue colored kayak with waves painted on the side, and still be visible. ;D If you wear that in a yellow kayak it'll look like the sun took up fishing. LOL
Just kidding.... you'll be visible alright... all the way to Europe
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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2010, 06:37:14 pm »
yeah, im gonna be quite visible lol.


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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #36 on: December 19, 2010, 07:23:27 pm »
one more question
if you had the choice between a 13ft and 15ft...which would you choose?
im leaning towards the 15


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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #37 on: December 19, 2010, 08:07:42 pm »
Where are these kayaks / as i may be interested in the yellow one

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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #38 on: December 19, 2010, 08:09:16 pm »
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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #39 on: December 19, 2010, 09:49:31 pm »
ouird, I would have to say the 15 mainly because I'm a heavier guy IE. fat The t13 is rated max 425-475 lbs
and the t15 is 550. I have a Malibu stealth 12 and my next Kayak will either be the Malibu Stealth 14 at 14'4" with a max cap of 550 lbs
http://www.malibukayaks.com/kayak_stealth_14.asp
or the Malibu X-Factor at 14'4" and a max cap of 625 lbs
http://www.malibukayaks.com/kayak_xFactor.asp
So I need a bigger kayak. The 13 will be easier for you to load and unload but the bigger max cap will enable you to carry more stuff should you decide to go on an overnight or something like that.
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Re: In the Market for a SOT yak
« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2010, 10:59:45 am »
I have the t13 in sand and love it.  t15 would be a little heavier = putting on car a little harder.  If you are going to be in big water, than I'd say the t15 for sure.  I'm mostly on inland lakes and rivers, but on L. Ont. once, it was fine in 2-3' waves.  15' would be faster, less manoeverable.  If you see yourself with 2 kayaks in the long run, go for the 15' and something shorter like a 11' tarpon or trident.  Being in the middle at 13' I have a hard time justifying a 11' yak or a 15' yak.  In an ideal world a shorter lighter one for small creeks and lengthy portages would be awesome, and a faster higher capacity 15-16' for big water would be the perfect compliment.
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