First Kayak - Malibu Mini X (or Stealth 9) or Tarpon 100?

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MarkinBrissy
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First Kayak - Malibu Mini X (or Stealth 9) or Tarpon 100?

#1 Post by MarkinBrissy » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:49 pm

Hi all,

I would like some of your thoughts on comparing these yaks for a first timer please.
I am muddling my way through this and I have come up with some points below with my research and limited knowledge.
All seem to be of good quality.
The short/wide type will be good for me to get my confidence up in. I'll only be in the rivers and estuaries for a fish. Not planning on winning any races with any of them either.

Mini X - pros

Cheapest of the lot
Wider than the tarpon
From what I have read - one of the most stable
very light
Mini x - cons
only one hatch, decent size though.
non adjustable foot rests


Stealth 9 - pros

more hatches and storage
Stealth 9 - cons
I have heard the side storage hatches leak
250-300 more than mini x

Tarpon 100 - pros
2 x decent size hatches and 2 x covered side pockets under leg
a few more bungees than the Mals, good for paddle stowage?
Great Air pro phase 3 seat! Why aren't there more seats like this one? Also don't have extra outlay on the seat
rail system
Lots of rave reviews - mostly in the USA
Look and feel like a very well built yak
Tarpon 100 - cons

Skinnier than the Mals. Reviews suggest they are very stable, wobbly initially but pretty hard to tip.
27kg - heavier than the Mals
150-200 more than the Stealth 9, minus buying a set for the Stealth and the difference is much less....


Anyone else have some comparisons between the 3?
I have read a lot of the reviews of all of these here on kfdu and like with any craft, they all seem to have pros and cons for different people depending on their needs and expectations.
I love my fishing. I really want to get into the kayak fishing and start with the best chance of loving it and not be "put off". It's something I have been considering for a long time and I am ready to take the plunge!
Looking forward to some input from the wealth of experience here at kfdu.

Cheers,
Mark.

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Re: First Kayak - Malibu Mini X (or Stealth 9) or Tarpon 100

#2 Post by Marty75 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:12 pm

Don't rule out the Hobie Quest 11 mate, awesome little yak. Can be found for around $500-$600 second hand at times.

I think they weigh around 23kg too and great build quality.

Marty

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Re: First Kayak - Malibu Mini X (or Stealth 9) or Tarpon 100

#3 Post by MarkinBrissy » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:26 pm

Marty75 wrote:Don't rule out the Hobie Quest 11 mate, awesome little yak. Can be found for around $500-$600 second hand at times.

I think they weigh around 23kg too and great build quality.

Marty
Thanks Marty!
I'll have a nosey around at those too.

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Re: First Kayak - Malibu Mini X (or Stealth 9) or Tarpon 100

#4 Post by Ftp » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:28 pm

if you are dead keen on a Malibu, have a look at the Sierra 10. That was my first kayak and they are a great kayak! Don't worry too much about how many hatches etc that are on your first kayak, it is more important to learn how to paddle, how to move with the current and how the current moves you. Most hatches never get used and they just provide a way for water to get into the hull.

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Re: First Kayak - Malibu Mini X (or Stealth 9) or Tarpon 100

#5 Post by MarkinBrissy » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:14 pm

Ftp wrote:if you are dead keen on a Malibu, have a look at the Sierra 10. That was my first kayak and they are a great kayak! Don't worry too much about how many hatches etc that are on your first kayak, it is more important to learn how to paddle, how to move with the current and how the current moves you. Most hatches never get used and they just provide a way for water to get into the hull.
Thanks Ftp.
Pretty keen to go with an SOT for my first yak.

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Re: First Kayak - Malibu Mini X (or Stealth 9) or Tarpon 100

#6 Post by stew70 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:45 am

I had a mini x as my first kayak and while it was good, it was just a bit to short and beamy for my liking. I then bought a hobie quest 11 and the difference is night and day ,I love it.
I'd go with a quest 11 or a 13 if budget allows.

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Re: First Kayak - Malibu Mini X (or Stealth 9) or Tarpon 100

#7 Post by MarkinBrissy » Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:48 pm

Well I pulled the trigger today!
Bought me a Feelfree Moken 10 lite.
Happy with what I got, now to hit the water.
I'll just go for a few paddles first before bothering to try to fish as well....must be patient!

Thanks for the suggestions and info!

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