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Best Kayak for Diving?

Discussion in 'Inflatables, RIB's, Dinghy's and Kayaks' started by rsingler, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ladder racks are great if it is a work truck or are hauling stuff all the time, but significant weight and drag if it is mostly a daily-driver.

    I could loan you a 17' canoe as a rationale. :wink: (My yaks don't get enough use, but I'm not surrendering the option and they aren't dive types anyway.) I'll need it back for trash-barge use when we do the creek & lake clean-ups next year.
     
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  2. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @rsingler My cousin has an older Mad River Synergy (14 I think) that he uses for lake snorkeling.
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    They seem to be discontinued, but maybe a used option for you.

    I'm headed up there in a couple weeks. I'll try diving off of it and report back.
     
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  3. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Wilderness Systems has a sit on top mentioning diving. I would have bought in already, but missed the last one in a 4 state area and Canada by a week...

    Talking with retailers, COVID has led to an explosion in sales, but manufacturers aren't going to do extra production runs as the season is ending (is also difficult still with the pandemic). There is a significant fear of a flooded market of used kayaks should we get in a better place with the pandemic in some type of near future. That would cripple sales, and cause manufacturers to sit on inventory, which costs them money...

    Good luck finding what you seek...
     
  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Also, a hitch extension is really nice. I have one that gets various uses.

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  6. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I appreciate the offer.:cheers:I don’t really have a place to use one as a dive platform though. I think it would be neat to use for shore diving in Venice, FL...assuming I could find one that was stable enough for me to get back into it post-dive.
     
  7. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Thanks for the input! I'll let you guys know what I hear back from my inquiries to Ocean Kayak and Malibu.

    Looks like I need to retitle the thread, "How to rig a pickup for kayak diving", bwaahaha! :rofl3:
     
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  8. Can't Talk ... Diving

    Can't Talk ... Diving Nassau Grouper

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    In california (and possibly other states) the vehicle code says your load can extend 2/3 of the wheel base *past the last point of support*. With a hitch extender you can carry a very long kayak in the bed of a standard pickup.

    It looks a liittle odd but it's safe and legal. Easier to load thatn a ladder rack but you lose storage space in the bed of course
     
  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    FWIW - I have used one (hitch extension) with a car, and a single roof bar.
     
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