View Full Version : Kayak Info????
05-26-2003, 03:46 PM
Can anyone here reccomend a good style/brand of diving kayak. I live in southern California and would like to spear/dive from my new kayak.
05-26-2003, 06:02 PM
I have 2 Ocean Kayaks.A Frenzy and a Scrambler.The Frenzy is short but for a small person OK.They both have a groove at the back that a tank fits into.I put my gear together on the beach and strap it in tightly.I've done it from Vero Beach to the Keys.No shore diving where I live.Whatever you do don't get one of the Sevylor inflatable POS.Someone gave me one for my birthday coupla years ago......yuck.Nice gift but the think sucked and I'd hate to have a fish sink it with a fin or gillplate.
05-28-2003, 06:56 AM
I'm with 100days. I haven't tried one of these, yet, but I have been looking at some of them. http://www.oceankayak.com/index.html
05-31-2003, 08:40 AM
Hey O2, just found this one today. It looks interesting and the wife likes the idea. http://www.clearbluehawaii.com/home.html
05-31-2003, 10:10 AM
I've got a pair of Ocean Kayak Scupper Pros with the tank wells and they are IMHO one of the best dive kayaks. It has a large forward hatch for storage and a dedicated spot in the rear for your dive gear or a cooler. These kayaks are about 15' long so they track well and you can get some decent cruising speed out of them. I've had them out in five foot breakers on the east coast and only got mildly beaten up since I was trying to surf the waves up onto the beach. Shorter kayaks are good for surfing.
I'm sure there are other good models out there, but I would recommend a sit-on-top since they take on no water, hence no bailing or pumping after a dive and no sinking.
06-22-2003, 08:35 PM
I use a scrambler by ocean kayaks. I wish I had spent the money and bought the scupper pro with the front hatch and tank well in the rear. I bought a really cheap hook style anchor, used a flag holder to put up my dive flag. I rig everything down as tight as i can in case i lose it launching, or when I,m in.
If I am free diving the boat is ok. A little small for my taste, but sometimes I have to carry it 1-200yds, so i guess the trade off is there. My kids love it, it is small enough to play in the surf.
If i were to do it over, I would definately by the scupper. My buddy has a cobra fish and dive. Nice, heavy, expensive.
vBulletin® v3.8.1, Copyright ©2000-2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.