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Let me just say this, everyone I know that have purchased kayaks use them more than they ever thought they would. Polar opposite with motor boats...... Just food for thought.



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For small ponds that should be just dandy so long as it is dry and the transom wood is in good shape. I fished for many years out of a very similar boat, served me real well and still does. I have since upgraded to a much more advanced fishing boat but i still use my 12' aluminum form time to time.

The only thing i would do is add an electric trolling motor and a battery for it right off the bat. If you want to get real fancy get a portable sonar unit for it too so she can find depth and structure.
 

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I had a 14 ft. flat bottom Jon boat and used it some around here. It had a 9.9 HP (many lakes require less than 10 HP) but I mainly used it in the creek out front that empties into the Ohio River about 4 miles down stream. I sold that because I just wasn't using it much but it was easy to tow. Normally I'd just hook up to my tractor and run it down into the creek which is what I do with my kayak.

Kayaks are light, easy, and utilitarian but are seriously lacking for any space so that is something to keep in mind. They also require some balance much like a canoe. Funny thing today a had a firefighter buddy come down and paddle today with one of his sons. He brought an old aluminum canoe named the HMF (Heavy Mo-Fo) and I helped him take it off his Tahoe and drop it into the water. The kayaks are much easier to hump around than that damn thing.

That boat you found looks pretty nice. I sold my Jon boat for $2,500 to another friend if that helps you on figuring values. It was in good shape also with a trailer. Prices on small boats are all over the board and highly dependent on how bad they want them gone. Much like a used T-Dub. In my case my kayak spends most of its time hanging on the garage wall. Limited time and I prefer jumping on a bike these days. I haven't really done any paddling nor fishing. I didn't even go today when my friend came down. So some kayaks are dust collectors too but way easier to throw and go when the urge hits.
 

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My think on a small boat...
4 out of five vehicles we own wear a hitch...
Safety factor...lot of afternoon t-storms with high winds...
Room for cooler....for snacks of course...
Room for a dog or two...
Cover water a lot quicker...
Vintage tractor umbrellas in shop for shade...
Lots of covered parking area...
 

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+1 flathats, all good points. I was going to repeat your list of advantages but didn't think of the umbrellas.;)
The $1500 aluminum boat you showed seems well cared for as evidenced by wood finish on seats and tidy document tube affixed to transom. It, or a similar boat would be much more versatile as well as safer. Perhaps some don't realize just how quickly big wave sets can develop when the wind blows out here. Deep fee aluminum boats are loud and not very sexy but that is where I would want to be once white caps develop and waves grow to a foot or two. Then safety becomes paramount.
 

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+1 flathats, all good points. I was going to repeat your list of advantages but didn't think of the umbrellas.;)
The $1500 aluminum boat you showed seems well cared for as evidenced by wood finish on seats and tidy document tube affixed to transom. It, or a similar boat would be much more versatile as well as safer. Perhaps some don't realize just how quickly big wave sets can develop when the wind blows out here. Deep fee aluminum boats are loud and not very sexy but that is where I would want to be once white caps develop and waves grow to a foot or two. Then safety becomes paramount.
The best time I have ever had paddling my kayak was on lake Ontario with 4 to 6 foot rollers. I feel much safer in bad waves/weather in my kayak than i would in any small aluminum boat. Everybody has to find their own comfort level on the water though. I also have a "bass buggy" that I love to take when the boy wants to go out with me:D


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The best time I have ever had paddling my kayak was on lake Ontario with 4 to 6 foot rollers. I feel much safer in bad waves/weather in my kayak than i would in any small aluminum boat. Everybody has to find their own comfort level on the water though. I also have a "bass buggy" that I love to take when the boy wants to go out with me:D


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Not gonna do that to my wife...she is savvy enough to find a cove or sheltered spot...I will ride about any horse...but not her..
 

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My think on a small boat...
4 out of five vehicles we own wear a hitch...
Safety factor...lot of afternoon t-storms with high winds...
Room for cooler....for snacks of course...
Room for a dog or two...
Cover water a lot quicker...
Vintage tractor umbrellas in shop for shade...
Lots of covered parking area...
Forgot this part....

All my guns were lost in a tragic boating accident...
 
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