Ya...I found a 12 ft. Flat bottom with a merc 9.8 up and an electric trolling motor and trailer 10 miles away in 20 min of looking....asking 900, bet I could buy it for 750 or less...Try trolling with your beaver traps then Flathat, you can then shoot anything that comes back to the boat.
Around here the same $670 can often get a used aluminum boat, motor and trailer off-season. We have a few major lakes that require 4-strokes thus making older 2-stroke motors less valuable..
Does your wife like to swim or at least take a break and wade in the shallows while she is out fishing? What time of year will she using the kayak? I have four kayaks that my family uses and they all have their strengths and weaknesses.
Something like that would be great.... shoot me some name brands to research....12 foot sit-on-tops are a little wide and thus slow but stable for a novice paddler. Plenty good enough for ponds and not too windy reservoirs. That particular model seems a little expensive, especially with the quoted shipping fee. I prefer a conventional sit inside kayak due to lower center of gravity, sheltered legs from sun and wind, plus ability to shed waves staying dry once that wind does pick up.
Now I being lazy guy use electric motors to push me around lakes Used hull was around $125, 55lb thrust motor plus rod holders, etc pushed total price up around $500. Car-toppable boats are great for trolling those back country remote lakes where a trailered boat can't go or launch. Power allows towing of other kayaks or a canoe full of camping gear and dogs, plus can motor back when strong winds want to pin you on down wind side of lakes. View attachment 32046
If she enjoys fishing in the cooler months a sit-in kayak is the best bet. I highly recommend the Old Town vapor 10 angler. While it is not a easy paddling 14' touring yak it paddles and tracks very well, it is light enough for your wife to load herself and it is very stable. If she enjoyed getting wet and was going to do a lot of wading then a sit on top model would be the way to go. Sit-on models are almost always heavier, wider and much slower paddling and turning. In the summer months I prefer my sit-on for fishing\swimming\snorkeling but it does not load as easily as my sit-in models.Not really a swimmer....wading I could maybe see...the fishing bug just re-bit her...
Most of the "modern" fishing oriented kayaks are actually quite difficult to capsize. One of my Future Beach models is hard to capsize even when I was trying to!If she is not really a swimmer......which was going to be MY question to you.....do you think she will be safe going out in one of these kayaks ?
Just a concern for safety...and nothing more.
Nice find....would be nice to get to town...Thanks Twilight!!!!