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Old 06-05-2016, 09:04 PM   #1
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Good kayak for air travel

Hi all,
I'm a travelling spearo and I'm also a diehard kayaker (I'm just too poor/cheap to pay for charter). I have found this kayak made by a canadian company : Java, by Feathercraft. I have been pleasantly surprised by it. Very stable, fast and light (40 pounds). It packs in one bag for air travel. Watch this video I made of a recent trip to the east coast of Australia.

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Old 06-05-2016, 09:12 PM   #2
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Re: Good kayak for air travel

A picture of the kayak for comparison. The one in the foreground is a Tarpon 160. They have about the same stability but the inflatable is lighter (of course) and a little faster. It is also self-bailing and tracks well with the skeg deployed and the rudder down. It can become a double kayak with two seats but I found out that in this configuration, it is not as seaworthy (unstable) and there is not much room for gear.
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:58 PM   #3
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Re: Good kayak for air travel

Hobie?

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Old 06-07-2016, 02:36 AM   #4
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Never tried the Hobie inflatables. But they don't seem as seaworthy to me. They look short and wide, so I guess they are pretty slow. I need a kayak that can bring me 5 to 7 miles offshore. I can paddle the Java at 3,5 to 4 knots in calm water. It can also handle moderate surf on launching/landing. Hobies are also double the weight of the Java.
Anyone have tried the Hobie inflatables?

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Old 06-07-2016, 06:46 AM   #5
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Re: Good kayak for air travel

Right on man, I think this is awesome. Definitely the purest waterman and sporting way to hunt, gives you a feeling of accomplishment that hopping on a boat never will. ...I use a 17' SUP for hunting a lot, but no chance of that ever getting on a plane. That looks like a solid option for travel.
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:14 PM   #6
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just be sure that you can swim back if anything happened
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Well, shit can happen on a boat too you know!
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