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    Default Question for you saltwater kayakers

    If any of you saltwater kayakers/fishermen have any experience with Ocean Kayaks (and I mean that actual brand as opposed to just "ocean kayaks" in general) I'd love to know. My brother back east is considering purchasing one of their Torque models and I was just wondering if anyone out there has any experience using one. They come equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and just wonder how much power they supply.

    And, of course, any other pertinent info would be appreciated as I have zero knowledge regarding the subject.
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    I just recently bought an Ocean Kayaks, Frenzy, which is a "Sit on Top" style,
    tho that doesn't sound like what your brother is looking at,...

    but so far, the boat itself is a pretty impressive build and design

    you might be interested in a thread, "Sit-on-tops rigs, real or ridiculous ??" from the Kayaking Forum, a month ago or so
    I was looking for advice on that specific type boat,....but "OK Kayaks," came out on top

    there were several members mentioning Ocean Kayaks as a Brand, maybe "The Brand," to look at first,....

    in my final decision, that weighed in heavily in favor of the OK boats,...and I'm Glad I went with them
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    I thank both of you for the info! I'll pass it along to my bro (though the more I look at them the more I become interested, too!!).
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    Always heard good thing about the Hobies. They even have a foot push pedal system that can propel vs trolling motor or motor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. F Rodder View Post
    Always heard good thing about the Hobies. They even have a foot push pedal system that can propel vs trolling motor or motor
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I would think the trolling motor option would be the better one. I've never done either, but if I was out trolling for kings for an extended period of time I think I'd get pretty tired of having to pedal for hours on end. I could see how the foot pedal system would be more advantageous over having to paddle, especially if you're trolling, but I'd think having a motor would be even better. Both my brother and I have back issues (not to mention age issues!) to deal with so having a power source would seem to be a good thing.
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    I would go with both. Battery takes a crap, feet are better than paddling home. Keep in mind, that Hobies are also built for saltwater vs lake fishing. I think they even have an option for a live well.

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    You could always go with a Mokai if you want a powered yak.

    http://www.mokai.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
    You could always go with a Mokai if you want a powered yak.
    http://www.mokai.com/
    Pretty cool looking 'yaks, but the OK Torque is half the price if you are trying to be cost conscious.

    Quote Originally Posted by Col. F Rodder View Post
    I would go with both. Battery takes a crap, feet are better than paddling home. Keep in mind, that Hobies are also built for saltwater vs lake fishing. I think they even have an option for a live well.
    The OK Torque is built for saltwater, too.

    I sure don't claim any expertise in saltwater 'yaks, but the Torque comes set up particularly for saltwater fishing. In a cursory glance at Hobie's offerings it doesn't seem that they are. Is there a particular model you would recommend?
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