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#21 Cpt Davenport

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Posted 02 May 2022 - 02:29 PM

I have seen the Tuctec and they look awesome as well. I think the extra 8 pounds on the Tuctec would wear on me with longer hikes. I also prefer the backpack design of the Oru over the single shoulder strap of the Tuctec. I would like to paddle a Tuctec and do a comparison of rigidity, stability and tracking. I'm 200 lbs and can put all of my weight on the gunnels of the Oru with no flex as I enter the boat. I think for flat water, either is a good choice tho! The portability is the key. We often tow a 16' Klamath with a 60hp. We pack the two kayaks on board and head up lake inlets. When the water gets shallow, we anchor the tinny and jump in the kayaks. We are able to get back up the creeks where no other boats can go.


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Posted 02 May 2022 - 02:51 PM

Oru has also just released a new model called "lake" This is offered at a similar price point as the Tuctec, has no loose parts in assembly and weighs in at only 19 lbs. I'm sold on my Inlet though and will order another one immediately if/when this one fails. 3 years of diligent service so far and still going strong.


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#23 DavidGraves

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 02:39 PM

As regards the Tuctec folding kayaks, at least one online in water review had problems with the kayak unfolding at some of its closure points.....

 

I learned a long time ago there is no such thing as a free lunch.

 

The Oru designs seem to work better....but their price point buys a better quality sit on top.

 

Decisions...................................................... Darn it.

 

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#24 Cpt Davenport

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 03:26 PM

I must say that the design and quality of the Oru appears to be superior to that of the Tuctec. I showed the Tuctec to my wife and she said "pool noodles on the gunnels?! No thank you!"

 

I know they are spendy, but in my opinion, well worth it. I wasted more money on sillier things in the past :)

 

I also own an Ocean Kayak 13' prowler. I love it for fishing and have been two miles off shore feeling safe and slaying lingcod! That said, I have been to remote places in my Oru that I could not imagine dragging my sit on top back to. We also love the fact that in the Oru we are bone dry with food, extra clothes, beer and ice. When in the sit on top you're always rockin the soggy bottom boy! 

 

It all depends on your intended use. Not having found the holy grail of yaks that can do it all, I have a boat for all occasions. 


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#25 DavidGraves

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 03:39 PM

Oh boy, life is a compromise.

 

We used a Klepper double for many years including some lake camping portage trips....all good.

 

Later bought two Klepper singles and they were excellent boats...BUT....a lot more frustrating to assemble.....

 

I feel really stupid with this whole discussion as I own about ten different boats at the moment :

 

17' Grumman canoe

-Grumman Sport boat

-1957 Old Town OTCA trailer queen

-remains of our Klepper double

-Wide squareback Folbot non folding

-Drascombe driver sailboat...English design lugger

 

Hmm...what else?.


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#26 Cpt Davenport

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 04:08 PM

Oh boy, life is a compromise.

 

We used a Klepper double for many years including some lake camping portage trips....all good.

 

Later bought two Klepper singles and they were excellent boats...BUT....a lot more frustrating to assemble.....

 

I feel really stupid with this whole discussion as I own about ten different boats at the moment :

 

17' Grumman canoe

-Grumman Sport boat

-1957 Old Town OTCA trailer queen

-remains of our Klepper double

-Wide squareback Folbot non folding

-Drascombe driver sailboat...English design lugger

 

Hmm...what else?.

Love it!!!!!! You also have the float bug!

 

Don't get me started on boats. I think I'm at around 18 at the moment! Everything from a 38' fishing boat to a whole fleet of El Toro sailboats and everything in between :) 

 

Good luck on your journey! It's all worth it.


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#27 DavidGraves

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 04:57 PM

maybe a float tube...... :)


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#28 Cpt Davenport

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 05:30 PM

maybe a float tube...... :)

Got one of those too! Love it for trout fishing


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Posted 03 May 2022 - 08:54 PM

I'm concerned that either both you guys have an inordinate fear of sinking in water or maybe I'm just suffering boat envy. :)

 

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 08:56 PM

as they say "a boat is a hole in the water where one throws their money"!! (I have four canoes!)


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