- Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:06 pm
A lot of your satisfaction is going to be related to your fishing locations, how you intend to haul your kayak around, how far you're going to have to haul it from your parking spot to the water, how and where you're going to store it, etc. And, of course, your budget and your wife's tolerance of parking her car outside because the kayak takes up too much of the garage. That's tongue in cheek, but I ran into guys selling their kayaks for all kinds of reasons when I was out buying mine.
My one constant advice is to take your learning lumps on a 2nd hand kayak. Or try out 2 or 3 different ones. Then sell the ones you don't like, and buy a new one with your hard earned knowledge based on your own experience. And there's always some available on Craigslist and this and other fishing classified sections.
That way, you won't be one of the guys who pay $3,000 for a rig only to sell it for $1,000 a few months (or years) later when you figure out you really don't like kayak fishing, or that you can't lift your 150 pound battleship on top the van like you had planned. Or you wish you'd bought one that you can hang on the garage wall instead of needing to keep it on a trailer or a space eating rack because it's so heavy or bulky.