I am new to the forum, eager to purchase a yak and have been researching what would be best for my needs for the past month of so.
I've pretty much decided I would like a yak that tracks well and can do distances with relative ease but also allows me the ability to do some basic fishing, mainly in Hawkesbury River system, Sydney, Middle Harbour, or estuaries and lakes when on holidays. Would love to get offshore some day, but that will come with time and experience. Weight 72kg, 182cm tall.
After reading through post 'Which kayak under $1000'
started by bob in March 25 2007, (thanks Bob, Sir Bob and others) was convinced that Disco+ by RTM was the yak for me. http://www.kfdu.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1531
. Also read Capn Jimbo's reviews on that post and was sold.
However, I recenlty found DAG Midway for sale at a much lower cost ($985 - 15% off - vs $1299 ) which the vendor tells me is very comparable (even better stability) to the Disco+. It looks good, but not as sexy looking. Have been looking on web for comparison and reviews. There is a lot of info on the Disco+, have found very little on the Midway. Two questions:
Question 1. Is anyone aware of a review or does anyone have an informed comparison of these two yaks? Has anyone paddled on both of them? What do you think?
Question 2. Capn Jimbo, from Ft Lauderdale KFC, did make some positive comments on the Midway in comparison with the Disco+, although he had not paddled it, and he is a huge fan of the Disco. Problem is I don't understand many of his comments. Can someone interpret them for me? See below: Midway: 14'5" x 25.6" x 50 lb., 13.4" depth, little rocker, fuller (toward the end),appears to have sponsonlike chines, modified vee hull.
Disco: 14' x 25.6" x 50 lb., 13" depth, plenty of rocker, finer entry, true modified vee hull. No chines, smooth transition.
And then on another post:Other shots I've seen seem to indicate a shallow vee hull, long waterline. This kayak has near ideal dimensions and weight, looks very fast, and if I'm right bout the hull, a great turning boat. Certainly a contender with Pro-like dimensions.
The Midway does not appear to have a lot of rocker like the Scupper Pro, so most of its 14.4 feet will be in the water. The beam at 25.5 inches will be plenty stable enough, with a waterline beam of at least a couple inches less. Not only does this mean less wetted surface for more speed, but I'd believe it'll be easy to lean turn more effectively than the Pro.
Not looking for an extensive reply, but what is rocker, sponsonlike chines, etc etc. What is he exactly saying. HOw might the two yaks compare based on these comments?
Would really appreciate any assistance. Hoping to get a yak in the next couple of days as I will have next week off work and looking forward to getting out on the water.