backwaterscruise120 wrote:Thanks for that specs page on the prism nuemie.
I started looking at the heritage redfish kayaks and found 3 or 4 different 12’ ones that look like they were garage kept. All of them are asking about 550? Does that seem like a good price?
The other two that i was really interested in are the native manta Ray 12xt and the tarpon 120 or 140. Which do you think would be easier to stand from? the 120 or 140?
I called a local shop and asked them about what models they thought would have minimal Hull slap and suit my needs and they listed the Jackson liska, bite, old town predator mx and bonafide rs127. Do any of these stand out to you?
The Redfish 12 are pretty quiet on the water, if memory serves me correctly. Wait, which model run of the Redfish 12? Can you post links? They've changed hulls recently.
The Manta Ray 12 XT, looks like a good choice, but it's a relatively new kayak on the market and I haven't paddled it. The Tarpons are quiet on the on the water.
I haven't paddled the Liska, but have paddled the Mayfly and Coosa HD and found they had bad hull slap, so I would not recommend those kayaks. Plus, those are geared more for rivers and are poor tracking. I haven't padded the RS117, but I have paddled the SS127. When I paddled it there was noise coming from I think the the removable fishfinder unit and not necessarily the hull. The problem with the Predator MX and RS117 is the kayak deck overhangs the entry" V". So at certain angles in a slightly choppy water you could have spots where the water could get "trapped" or act like a spray rail.
IMO, you want to avoid designs where the front deck of the kayak is wider and over hangs the entry "V" of the hull (Predator MX). Kayaks which get too wide too quickly for stability tend to plow throw waves and not slice through them (Liska, Mayfly). Also, kayaks with lots of lots of angles and hard chines above the waterline which could trap water and cause hull slaps.
Having said all this, not kayak is perfectly quiet on the water. Even my Search 15 will get some slap under certain conditions. If targeting redfish on the flats a little hull slap isn't going to make or break your day/trip. Making unnecessary noise, such as banging you paddle on the side of the kayak, will spook fish more than a little hull slap.
Test paddling is going to be your best option for figuring out if a kayak will suit your needs. Even with all my opinions of which kayaks I feel are quiet I still need to reiterate that I weigh 50 lbs more than you. That's enough to slightly change a kayak's paddling characteristics for better or worse. A kayak I paddle may be really quiet on the water, but could have quite a bit of hull slap with a lighter framed paddler like yourself.