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Wildman

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PostSubject: A kayak for motorhomes   A kayak for motorhomes I_icon_minitimeTue 24 Jun 2014 - 11:36

Play boat, or fishing yak for inland waters, you choose. AB Leisure Retail Ltd., have a stunning range of sit on top kayaks  suitable for just about anything you could wish for. They have a 3mtr, 3.5, and 4mtr Angler version. As an avid motorhomer my search for a kayak suitable for inshore/inland waters small enough to be carried inside of a tall motorhome led me to  look at the Ocean Ranger 1, the smallest of the range .  So small it will fit inside most cars, vans and motorhomes.  Motorhomes come in many sizes large vans like mine with a roof full of solar panels only have three choices to carry  water transport of a solid variety, inside across the back or on a trailer. So a small kayak like the Ranger 1 should fit the bill.

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As delivered and on top of my Disco you can see it will actually fit inside, and I later proved that it could. So what do you get?

Kayak  2.700 long, 800mm wide and 300 deep, it weighs 21 kilo and has a payload of 150kg (we shall see)

A set of six scupper bungs

One piece paddle

Deluxe seat that includes a handy bag on the back of it.

4x flush mount rod holders

1 x  centre mount baitcaster rod hold (on a ball so adjustable)

Initial impression is one of solid engineering and well thought out design. There are two hatches  both hinged.

The hatch in front of the seat is a sealed watertight compartment.

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The one in the bow allows access to the hull but also has a removable bag suspended by the rim. In practice I think the hatch should be reversed so that it opens towards the seating position allowing better access to the hull.

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The rear well is large enough to carry a dive bottle or tackle box

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Footrests are moulded in to make paddling comfortable.

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The high backed seat incorporates a useful bag on the rear. The seat itself is very comfortable and well padded.

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Side carry handles are magic to save skinned knuckles they make lifting very easy.

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The paddle keeper is one of the most positive I have seen and holds the paddle well down out of the way when fishing.

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The sides of the yak taper out towards the bottom making it easier to paddle and creating a stable  platform.

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Before I can try it on the rear of the motorhome I have to build the rack, but dimension wise it fits perfectly.  However  due to the fact that it is only 300mm deep it does pass easily through an open Seitz window and fit inside of the motorhome making it easy to keep safe when out  exploring.

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Regretfully it had to go back before I was well enough to try it on the water, ah well another day then.
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PostSubject: Re: A kayak for motorhomes   A kayak for motorhomes I_icon_minitimeTue 24 Jun 2014 - 11:41

Thanks, I'm sure a few members will find that review very handy Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: A kayak for motorhomes   A kayak for motorhomes I_icon_minitimeTue 24 Jun 2014 - 13:33

My ocean kayak is very similar but without the rod rests but I cannot get it in the van as no rear window
Too long for garage
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PostSubject: Re: A kayak for motorhomes   A kayak for motorhomes I_icon_minitimeTue 24 Jun 2014 - 15:26

this one fitted in through a side window my rear window is too small also.
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