Fish Finder wrote:
I am looking at the 14' variety.
These are my primary thoughts/concerns about the two boats that you guys can chime in on...
1. I will be paddling big water (ie. lakes, bays, etc) so tracking, speed, is important.
2. I will be standing and fishing/paddling, stability is a must
3. Dry ride, fishing has no off season so I will be paddling in the dead of winter
4. From what I understand the seats are similar so that won't have any bearing
5. Storage and included accessories. I see the hatch covers for the Slayer are extra, Worth it?
And Chuck, I might take you up on that offer. And I won't tell Marcus you called him "Dense"
haha I CAN read Chuck!
1. Ive had mine in the some heavy winds and big water a lot. It handled Fayette well in 25-30 mph winds but its not ideal. At Canyon I paddled 8 miles total averaging 3.5mph. On windy days expect 2-2.5 mph. On a sprint I can hit 4.5-5mph for maybe a miles. Tracking isn't perfect but its good enough where I only use my rudder probably 30% of the time.
2. Im not the best at standing but I've done it with medium boat wakes rolling through. Unless you have a Hobie standing is one of those "your mileage may vary" things IMO.
3. If you put in 2 front scuppers its on a little wet. Put in 4 and its pretty much dry. I love fishing in cold weather so unless you have waves crashing over you, getting wet is a non issue.
4. Seat, yea its nice and comfy with good amounts of storage.
5. Plenty of storage built it especially with the center console. They even make a cold bag to drop in the center console to throw food/drinks or your fish.
I really like the Cuda but like Ive written before. I have no issues pointing out its flaws. The rear tankwell has built in tray holders. The idea is cool but unless you are a minimalist they are in the way and pointless. The center console can get annoying at times but its also very nice to have. The built in rod lay rod system is cool and is designed to hold 6 rods. You will never get more then 4 max in there due to leg room constraints. 2 is ideal to have laid down though. The built of the kayak is solid. I treat mine like a ragdoll and its held up well. The lack of a well placed slide trax system sucks and deck space to mount a wide array of accessories is almost nonexistent. It can handle big waves great. Ive been hit broadside by some big waves and came unbalanced but the secondary stability kept me upright........some of that is also experience but a lot of the boat too. Now it is heavy and long so you wont be turning on a dime or stopping on one either. In the high seat position a strong wind will really mess up you day. Theres a huge difference in paddling high/low in the wind, obviously low is better. Contrary to what Chuck says the wind can push me at a pretty good tick, get anchor trolleys, two of them.
You can try mine out sometime just let me know when.