Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

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Re: Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

Postby mmclaren on Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:45 pm

Hey Aqua Viva, or anyone else...

I have just purchased an R23 and would love to hear how you feel about the 14' Kaboat now that you have had it for a while. Is it still working for you? Do you keep it inflated and on the roof all the time? If not where do you stow it?

Any feedback appreciated to help us decide on the 12 or 14 or....
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Re: Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

Postby jagizzi on Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:45 pm

It will really depend on how many people you will typically have in the kaboat. It turns out to be just my wife and myself almost always so I would prefer the 12. We have a 14 and manage it alright. We leave it inflated up top.

If you were going to have more than 2 people I would say the 14 would be a good choice. I thought that we would have a dog but she won't get into it. At 15yo I'll just let her decide.

If you decide on a 14' let me know and I would sell you ours.
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Re: Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

Postby SgtAlf on Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:47 am

I have a 12' Kaboat for my R-23. I first stowed same on the roof rack after moving the solar panel to the port side of the roof rack. Due to my concern over sun heat over inflating and causing it to pop, I moved the kaboat to the center cockpit storage compartment. I use a 12v air pump and inflate in the cockpit, as it starts to firm up I adjust same to straddle the cockpit rails Bow to starboard. launching is just a matter of shoving it off the side. I tie her off to the starboard side, access from the swim step. I mount a 2.7 Cruise n Carry, which moves the kaboat along just fine.
I also picked up a 6'X9' Paddle North utility dock to extend hanging out space. paddlenorth.com $100 off and a free $100 12v pump at the Atlantic City Boat Show. Comes in a backpack.
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Re: Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

Postby mmclaren on Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:25 pm

Thanks for the replies! The 12' is rated for a 4hp motor. I'm wondering if I can get away with using my 6hp Yamaha on the 12' Kaboat. The 4 hp Yamaha is the same weight as the 6 about 60 lbs.
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Re: Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

Postby mmclaren on Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:12 pm

Oops, the 12' is rated for only 2.5hp. Guess I answered my own question.
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Re: Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

Postby baz on Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:32 pm

SgtAlf wrote:...snip...
I also picked up a 6'X9' Paddle North utility dock to extend hanging out space. paddlenorth.com $100 off and a free $100 12v pump at the Atlantic City Boat Show. Comes in a backpack.


That Paddle North utility dock looks absolutely awesome.... has many uses and would be fun for the Grandkids as well. :roll: It has amazing stability from what I reviewed as well. Thanks.... :)
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Re: Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

Postby SgtAlf on Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:59 pm

Barry,
They say, and have video's of people walking on the utility dock, setting up chairs and tables, no hole for an umbrella though...
I'm scheduled to receive same in April, I'll be sure to post some pictures when I test it out.
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Re: Options for roof mounted tender...Saturn Kaboat ??

Postby SgtAlf on Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:17 am

Paddle North 6' X 9' Utility Dock in action. Occupied by my wife and our friend. The wife is not wearing a hat... We're at Myers Hole, Barnegat Inlet, Barnegat Bay NJ.
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