ThrillsOnGills wrote:Well im looking for a new kayak for the spring. i fish inland lakes in oakland county and im looking far a stable platform i can fly and sight fish from. i normally just throw my kayak in the back of the truck and go after work so im trying to find a balance between stability and portability. i saw the hobie PA 14 and the native propel 10, i like the idea of pedalling over paddling but how portable are they? what paddle kayak options do i have? ive fished a lot of windy days at the end of the season and i thought pedaling would keep me a little more hands free. any thoughts or insight would be a huge help.
You are correct that you will spend more time on the water pedaling than paddling.
If I am comprehending your post properly, your main concern is portability of a pedal kayak.
I originally owned a Hobie Adventure (2007 spring) and later bought the Hobie Revolution 13 (2007 fall). This was at a time where both these kayaks were under 80 lbs. I had no problem putting them up on top of my truck. A few years later I also bought and car topped a, Native Ultimate 14.5, Jackson Big Tuna, and Wilderness Ride 135. They were not any easier to car top than my Hobie Adventure or Revolution, the Big Tuna and Ride 135 were actually more difficult.
When I received my first PA12 in 2012 I started putting it in back of my Chev Avalanche which is a short bed truck. Using a HObie Heavy Duty Wheel Cart it was much easier than car topping when all you did was use two straps to clinch to your truck bed. When I ordered a PA14 I made the mistake of purchasing a bed extender thinking that i would be too long for the bed. I was wrong and still have a brand new Boonedox Bed Extender sitting in my garage 3 years later. The PA14 is very easy to load on the tailgate and then slide into the truck. Using the truck bed is easier, and faster than when I would car top.
Since you seem to have already decided on a pedal kayak I will add my observations.
It is no secret that I prefer Hobie Mirage Kayaks but I tried 3 different brands of paddle kayaks and demoed the Native propel at one time also. The only advantage the Propel has is "REVERSE" and there are a few applications on the water that you can't beat that feature. But, does that outweigh the advantage of the Mirage Drive where, I can cut through grass, shallow water is not a problem, never been tangled where I have lost a fish or broke off. Damage to a Mirage Drive is very minimal and when it does happen is not an expensive fix, parts are available and you can repair it yourself without being a mechanic.
There isn't a more stable kayak than the Hobie PA14 and if price is an issue the Hobie Outback is still a great option for you.
If you are still not sure, come to the Detroit Boat Show and have a 2nd look at the kayaks.