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Offline Dorado

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« on: May 31, 2011, 04:21:19 am »
The word is spreading about the high performance Kaskazi kayaks, this time the legendary DORADO. I was approached by a couple of Italian kayak anglers who have "barges" and wanted something they can paddle in 40 knot winds up to 6 miles offshore. They had seen the Dorado and read all the American, South African and UK feedback and decided that was what they wanted. I agreed to take a pair out for them and give them a day of tuition on the water so they could get the feel for them (they are different) and use them in confidence. They agreed to pay the mileage and put me up for a couple of nights - so Ugo is now the first owner in Italy of a Kaskazi Dorado II in the faster yellow livery!

Getting a feel for the stability. Do not confuse inability to move with stability. The fact the kayak moves easily under you does NOT make it unstable. Unstable is when it fails to stay the right way up, in any water.

The water was gin clear and it is bizarre, but in Italy they have to wear a self inflating, 150N lifejacket, which makes a self rescue impossible, unless you deflate the bladder! It also makes an assisted rescue all but impossible. So we went with nothing at all rather than have the guys floundering around in fluorescent lifejacket bladders. ;)

The second kayak was for a chap called Roberto, who couldn't come but sent Freddy to collect it for him. They were going fishing the following weekend so he would take delivery then, with Freddy briefed as to how to get him going in it.
Here Freddy is trying Ugo's Kaskazi Dorado II for size. He is going to buy one too and wanted to try both before deciding. Ugo played in Roberto's standard sized Dorado and he fitted that one too, but was a better fit in the Dorado II - he is a big chap!

NO, his feet are not on the ground. The Kaskazi range have stability built in that allows the hull to stay upright even when the gunwale is well underwater.  It is down to a very carefully designed and wave tank tested hull that took 2 years to fully develop.

Paddlability is the same as a sea kayak, but the fishinng capability is as great as any other kayak. Better than most because of the ease with which they paddle in harsh conditions. You can still make 1.5 knots against 40 knots of wind. Try and make headway of any kind in a wide, heavy barge of a kayak. How much gear do you NEED to take to catch fish? I believe too many anglers take too much and try to turn their kayak into a charter fishinng boat....keep it simple, that is the whole ethos and attraction of kayak fishing.

A kayak that paddles well is a SAFER kayak. faster is safer too, because it means you can get yourself out of trouble, in fact it means you don't get into trouble in the first place.
Freddy doesn't have his feet on the ground either. The Kaskazi Dorado is totally stable even with the cockpit under water. This ability to move makes her ride waves flatter, making her more stable than a kayak that cannot move in the water because it is too rigid.

A stunning place, Como and those mountains are much cooler than the lakeside!

I need ot get that feature written for Jon at the Kayak Fishing magazine, he asked for a piece on performance kayaks and I haven't got round to doing it yet. These pictures will help explain the theory behind kayak design though.

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 09:01:54 am »
Thanks for sharing. Please continue to share your kayaks info on this section and fill it up for those interested in getting one here :)

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 09:30:35 am »
Cool review, with the pictures you shouldn't need too much more for your magazine piece.

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 04:04:20 pm »
It was meant as an explanation rather than a review. Newcomers to kayak fishing are mostly newcomers to kayaking too. That is the problem, they need to learn to kayak properly first before they can fish effectively and safely. With good kayak technique comes greater pleasure, because the paddling aspect is then also enjoyable, not a chore to be endured before being able to fish where you intend to!

Many of the guys this side of the Atlantic have discovered they actually enjoy the kayak aspect of the game as much as the fishing aspect - and when the fish aren't biting they are happy just going for a long, arduous paddle, or exploring a pretty coastline.

There is a misconception that a stable kayak has to be a wide kayak. The Kaskazi kayaks are the slimmest fishing kayaks on the market, yet they are probably the most stable and certainly I would say they are the most seaworthy in rough water or high wind. Those two don't always go together - tide races can pick up rough water without the need fo rwind. Add wind into the mix and it can get untenable even in a big RIB, or at least very uncomfortable!

I was trying to highlight to you chaps that you don't need a high, wide barge to be both comfortable and safe. The extra deck space is useful for adding loads of fishing attachments that you don't actually need! Having less space is GOOD - it makes you make decisions before launching, rather than taking everything with you, just in case, and then coming back each time having not used 60% of leave it at home then! make a decision on what you are going to do, and stick to it. You will still catch fish. I mostly just take the fly rod and a couple of spare spools with different lines on - by far and away I catch more fish from the kayak on a sinking line than a floating one. Shallow water = intermediate (Rio Striper Aqualux for me) and deeper water (2m, 6ft or deeper) and I use the Orvis depth charge for the #10, or the Scientific Anglers class 6 line in #8.  Floating line really only gets used from the shore or wading.

Keep it simple, learn the kayak aspect of KAYAK angling and you will enjoy it more. Everyone goes through the phase of tryinng to load their kayak up...I don't even bother with rod holders anymore on mine. I have a lap and foredeck, that is enough. For security on a rough paddle, on the Marlin I simply use the centre hatch closing strap to hold the rod in place. On the Dorado I take it apart into two pieces (4-piece rod split at the halfway point) and put it down in the fishbox. Job done. You can only use one rod at a time, souse the one you have to better effect.

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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 06:12:11 pm »
I love the look of those yaks....
Lovely Pictures!!!!!

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