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kalokairi
09-03-2007, 04:05
My husband was telling me about some dive kayaks that are out there. We have a jetski but it it too small to put gear on. I want us to go diving more and the dive shop charges 65 to 70 Euro each time for the boat. In Greece we have moderate waves and the water is really nice to accomedate one. Any suggestions on where to get one. Should we get a two person, less gear space or two one person? Thanks

AggieDad
09-03-2007, 05:43
My husband was telling me about some dive kayaks that are out there. We have a jetski but it it too small to put gear on. I want us to go diving more and the dive shop charges 65 to 70 Euro each time for the boat. In Greece we have moderate waves and the water is really nice to accomedate one. Any suggestions on where to get one. Should we get a two person, less gear space or two one person? Thanks

That depends upon how large you both are. Most one person sit on top kayaks have a weight rating in the approximate 300 lbs limit. A two person is probably a bit more but two people, dive gear etc. will push that. Also the problem of getting into the kayak is a bit more troublesome with two people. My personal suggestion would be to try both ways out by renting before purchasing and see what fits you the best. I have three one person sit on tops now but I haven't dove out of any.

Capt Hook
09-03-2007, 09:11
We have been considering the same thing, started out in "sit in" kayaks but Saw some divers with sit on tops and became intrigued.
Hope to try this out next month.

Black-Gorrilla
09-03-2007, 10:48
im sorry, completely wrong place for my post!

CompuDude
09-04-2007, 15:37
The larger 12' or so sit on tops work well for this. I'd avoid the 2 person kayaks, because as noted, two people plus gear is hard to get on the kayak without going over the weight limit's load rating.

mm_dm
09-04-2007, 16:35
Get one that's a little wider as well, so you don't accidently roll. plus, they're easier to get back on to. I have had three different sit on top kayaks over the years. If I were to by a dive kayak right now I'd give Ocean Kayaks' Scrambler XL a good hard look first.

kevinj1
09-04-2007, 17:26
I have never tried this one but it looks really nice. I would buy two singles.

http://www.sit-on-topkayaking.com/Articles/FishDive/KayakDiving5.html

CompuDude
09-04-2007, 17:32
Get one that's a little wider as well, so you don't accidently roll. plus, they're easier to get back on to. I have had three different sit on top kayaks over the years. If I were to by a dive kayak right now I'd give Ocean Kayaks' Scrambler XL a good hard look first.
Yup, that one is extremely popular for a reason. :D That'd be my choice in a heartbeat. Wilderness Systems makes a Tarpon that is pretty good, too, although I can't recall the model name offhand.

techgnostic
09-04-2007, 18:11
What about a tow rig for your jet ski?

Something with a high, hard chined, bow and decent freeboard...perhaps even building a spray skirt to keep it from taking on any water at all.

rubberduck
09-04-2007, 18:33
I have an Ocean Kayak Drifter. It is their "slowest" but widest and most stable. I enjoy diving off it, carries all my gear with no problems. I'm 6' 200lbs.

I have never tried to change out a tank on it though, I paddle back to shore change tanks and go out again. People do it but it's a tricky thing.

mm_dm
09-04-2007, 18:58
Get one that's a little wider as well, so you don't accidently roll. plus, they're easier to get back on to. I have had three different sit on top kayaks over the years. If I were to by a dive kayak right now I'd give Ocean Kayaks' Scrambler XL a good hard look first.
Yup, that one is extremely popular for a reason. :D That'd be my choice in a heartbeat. Wilderness Systems makes a Tarpon that is pretty good, too, although I can't recall the model name offhand.

I think it's just the Tarpon 120 (12ft). They eliminated a few kayaks and went with the Tarpon in assorted sizes. I had a 120 once, sweet yak. I used it primarily for fishing the estuaries along the Texas coast. It is one of the kayak models that allows you to access the forward hatch from the cockpit (without having to get out of the kayak).

techgnostic
09-04-2007, 20:09
http://www.sit-on-topkayaking.com/Articles/FishDive/KayakDiving5.html

That is an excellent site. Thanks for passing it along.

CompuDude
09-04-2007, 20:14
http://www.sit-on-topkayaking.com/Articles/FishDive/KayakDiving5.html

That is an excellent site. Thanks for passing it along.

Here's another to check out:

http://www.kayakdiver.com/

kevinj1
09-04-2007, 22:17
http://www.sit-on-topkayaking.com/Articles/FishDive/KayakDiving5.html

That is an excellent site. Thanks for passing it along.

anytime, I am just happy to help out.

techgnostic
09-04-2007, 22:36
Here's another to check out:
http://www.kayakdiver.com/

Not at flashy, but just as, if not more, informative. :smiley20:

james.earnhardt
09-07-2007, 01:22
I saw on Scuba.com they have inflatable kayaks made by Sevlor.

mm_dm
09-07-2007, 07:18
I guess that would help solve the storage issue. I don't know anyone who uses an inflatable, I wonder how well they work?

rubberduck
09-07-2007, 07:51
Here's another good site

http://www.kayakdiving.com/

i got the CD before I got my kayak and there was alot of good information that helped me.

GlockGuy
11-07-2007, 18:20
My recommendation would be two separate kayaks. You can lash them together while you are below, but given how you reboard one, it would be difficult to use a tandem. I also like the Ocean Kayak brand for this because of the front hatch someone mentioned, as well as the large tank well. The Tarpon line (120, 140 & 160) are only 28" wide. This makes them cut through surf well, but not as stable. Great for fishing, although my Prowler is as well. I actually fish out of it more than I dive off of it. It's so wide that I can fish standing up, should I desire, and I sometimes do!

CompuDude
11-07-2007, 18:35
My recommendation would be two separate kayaks. You can lash them together while you are below, but given how you reboard one, it would be difficult to use a tandem. I also like the Ocean Kayak brand for this because of the front hatch someone mentioned, as well as the large tank well. The Tarpon line (120, 140 & 160) are only 28" wide. This makes them cut through surf well, but not as stable. Great for fishing, although my Prowler is as well. I actually fish out of it more than I dive off of it. It's so wide that I can fish standing up, should I desire, and I sometimes do!

Wide is more stable, but a lot slower and harder to move.

nizutz
11-18-2007, 11:13
I have an ocean kayak drifter as well. I think it is an excellent kayak. I am 6'2" 250#. This kayak is rated for 500#s of weight. I hear that the sevlor diveyaks are harder to paddle due to the flat bottom. The other plastic molded kayaks are more durable and cut through the water better. I would however recommend that you each get your own kayak. Hope this helps.http://http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd49/nizutz/IMG_1064.jpghttp://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd49/nizutz/IMG_1064.jpg
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mcc2318
11-20-2007, 13:00
What about the inflatables

Bert
11-20-2007, 14:54
Just remember with any kayak the longer it is the larger the turn radius is. I have a sit in one about 8 ft long.. I am temted to modify it for a dive platform just have to master the barrel roll

kyfriedchipper
11-20-2007, 16:00
gonna have to bookmark that kayak diver website - thanks for the link - pretty informative site!