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SUM 2018

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www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 77 While this attraction most definitely massages my pleasure receptors, feeding this monkey has made me healthier. My legs are stronger, the cardio is beneficial and I can cover a lot of fishing territory. However, like all addictions, there are consequences. There are enablers and those who suffer because I no longer spend quality time with them. Therefore, I have crafted a 12-Step Program in which to intravenously power your body and soul with kayakmania. Warning: you will probably become a full-on CrackYaker like me. Step One: FINDING THE RIGHT YAK (Hint: You can never have too many) There's an opulently exclusive club called the International SeaKeepers. They hold their meetings in Monte Carlo, Miami and other glitzy towns. Among their membership requirements is this zinger: you must own a yacht more than 100-ft. long. Because I'm a journalist, I was invited to one of their swanky, Grey Goose-by-the-gallon galas in Ft. Lauderdale on the 165-ft. yacht Big Fish, named for the novel/movie because the author and the yacht owner are friends. Of course, they are. While I don't own and never will own a 100-ft.- plus pleasure craft, I asked them if I lined up my kayaks end-to-end if that would qualify. They mockingly sniffed their 1963 Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape and led me to the Bud Lite bar for media geeks. Anyway, at the time, I "only" had four kayaks with a total length of 48 ft. so I would have been quickly cast aside by the SeaKeeper aloof. Nonetheless, the point I'm trying to make is, find the right kayak for your needs. Over the course of 25 years, I have acquired kayaks of varying lengths depending on the conditions and how far I'm traveling or if I wanted to throw one in the back of my truck. Eventually, my four-kayak dependency led me to one, multi-use, bad mamajama, the Hobie PA 14. Sure, it's heavy (145 lbs.), but I can launch it from the little beach where I live, so it fits me like tighty whities. However, if I'm going to mothership (that's a verb) my kayak 10 miles to a kick ass fishing hole but all I have is a small boat to haul it, I'll take my 40-lb., 10-ft. yak that I can toss around as if I'm the Hulk. Then again, when I'm mothershipping in my buddy's 40-ft. trawler, we take our Hobie PA 14s. We have a system for on-loading them, but that's for a future article so stay tuned. So, to conclude Step One, first you must determine where you're going to fish, how you're going to transport your yak to those locations and if you have the strength of an NFL linebacker or that of an overweight house cat. Do you have a truck or a friend who will let you borrow his F-150? These things must be considered in great depth. Finally, when you have answered these questions sufficiently, when you have talked to many other happy kayak owners and when you have snuck a few thousand dollars from your least favorite child's college fund, you are now ready to begin your journey. But, I warn you, if you go cheap, be prepared to purchase kayak number two very soon after number one. And kayak three soon thereafter. I'm not as filthy rich as those SeaKeeper yacht mongers but I do have standards and, at this point in my life, I don't associate with people unless they have at least three boats. In my club, kayaks definitely count. Step Two: MOTHERSHIPPING YOUR KAYAK One reason I opted for a big, fat, heavy yak is because my kayak lives 10 ft. from the water where I can shove her off without pulling a hamstring. If I lived inland, I probably would have gotten a Hobie Outback or other lighter unit. The Outback is still stable enough to stand up in but only weighs 99 lbs. (as opposed to 145 lbs. on the PA 14). Lifting a lighter craft on top of my car or in a truck makes a lot more sense. However, even for us waterfronters, there's another conundrum: how to The bad mamajama Hobie ProAngler 14 camo version with leaning post and micro Power Pole anchoring system.

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