Kayaking

My Mango Dream

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Kayaking is so much fun. It’s hard work and a great full body workout. Don’t think that the only thing that’s going to hurt the next day are your arms. You use every muscle in your body to stay afloat and glide across the water. But where does a person who is over weight find a kayak that they can fit into that won’t flip you over the minute you adjust your seating because its making your thighs uncomfortable? I wondered the same thing until I found the twelve foot Malibu Stealth fishing Kayak. We primarily go lake kayaking and want to go fishing as well.

The people we bought it from were great at showing us the models and explaining all the features. This kayak is a sit-on-top kayak meaning you don’t have to put your legs into it which is great. It gives a larger person more room for their thighs and butt like mine and these babies are made so stable that you can stand on top of them to fish. Uh I don’t see myself standing on mine anytime soon, or ever, but the fact that you CAN means its hard to flip them. We bought two of the same model, mine being a mango color and his being red. They are 60 pounds each and twelve feet long so they aren’t easy to lift, but the two of us manage to get them up on the roof rack of my car. You can see in the picture below that its crazy, and wonder, is the car carrying the kayak or the other way around?

Some people joke and call them barges, but I don’t have trouble getting it going, and once you do, its like gliding. The ride is smooth, the deck feels roomy even for me, and I feel confident in the stability. I’ve rocked it from side to side, rode in heavy waves and never felt afraid. I would recommend getting a trailer or a bed extender. Even though you can get them on a roof rack its better not to. It’s a work out getting them up there and we get tired before we even get to the water. Then you have to take them down and get them to the water, paddle around and then guess what? You gotta put them back up and then back down. Whew! Makes me tired writing it. We plan on getting a trailer once we agree upon what kind to get. But that’s another story.