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Topic: anybody fishing a Compass yet?  (Read 1386 times)

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Crotalus

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after researching more on the Compass it looks like it would make a good all around fishing platform. Im thinking the compass with turbo/180 drive might be my first kayak.

Anybody put one through the passes yet? thoughts? Pros/cons

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Iím sure youíve seen this review



Have not tried one myself, but it looks good. I like the cargo area up front (in place of a hatch), but Iím skeptical of that rudder system.  And it looks like youíre going to have to pay about $200 more to upgrade to the 180 drive...
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yeah, I think ive watched all compass related videos on youtube.  Seems to have a more versatile body design than the Outback. I also like that it has minimal crap on it. I just wish it was a foot or two longer.


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I was fishing at jurassic park in pdx last month and someone had one.  Looked stable and the sturgeon sleigh ride looked fun.  It's liek a cross between the revo 11 and the PA.  After fishing JP I came to appreciate the usefulness of a 180 drive.  It would have been really really nice to have fishing for dinos in close quarters.

Price point looks right too.  I still think I'd get a Santa Cruz raptor G2 over a compass, prices being comparable when factoring in the drive.  But it looks like a nice boat.


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... I just wish it was a foot or two longer.

Yes, that could be an issue if you want to cover some distance. Btw, I used to own a SC Raptor G2 and itís definitely worth considering. But, Iíd bet the Compass is faster.
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Passed on it for the radar 115 and helix drive; in person I felt the compass was pretty unimpressive. The lack of included features and its odd rudder made it hard to consider. From what I’ve seen people are doing the rectangle hatch upgrade and moving the circular hatch to the front. My guess is that it’s due to the lack of access to the inside hull (fish finder and battery) and overall storage.

I think most will end up paying the same if not more to equip it to the level of some of the other offerings.

Don’t forget that adventure sports and cck will take care of you since your part of the forum. I’d talk to them first on how you can make your money go the furthest and even demo a boat or two.

The raptor is a solid option too.


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Shoot a message to jbaker, he picked one up and has had it out several times.
                     
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I think most will end up paying the same if not more to equip it to the level of some of the other offerings.

That's the key point, IMHO. It could easily end up costing the same as an Outback...
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I think most will end up paying the same if not more to equip it to the level of some of the other offerings.

That's the key point, IMHO. It could easily end up costing the same as an Outback...

i have an OB, but what i like about the compass are (1) weight and (2) revo front profile, but i would have to demo on the water (to experience new seat) and to see how difficult it is to move/load sans traditional handles.


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I was debating on this yak for a while, but the seat is different which means I can't switch up with one of my other hobie seats if I lost/broke it.  Looks good though, really like the mixture of revo and PA design and the light weight. 
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I've demo'd a compass and its not for me.  I didn't like the seat which didn't have the adjustment settings compared to a Vantage seat.  Also it doesn't come with reverse and rubber side handles for moving it around. 
Ended up staying with a 2018 Revo 13 which has been my favorite model since I got my first one back in 2009.

You don't buy a new kayak every year so spend the $$$ that comes with the comfort and features you need.
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id plan on getting it with the 180 drive and adding the rectangle hatch. All other mods I could build myself, Im new to kayaks but cutting, drilling, tapping, screwing, precision work is what I do. Im pretty inventive and handy. I guess I mostly like that it has a revo nose for cutting water rather than slapping it. Otherwise Id probably just get an outback. I just would like an opinion of how much improvement the revo nose adds to an outback body. I'll eventually have to demo them, but until then all I can to is research.


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I forgot to mention the Compass comes with a smaller rudder and is less manuverable compared to other models that can take an upgraded large sailing rudder.
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I forgot to mention the Compass comes with a smaller rudder and is less manuverable compared to other models that can take an upgraded large sailing rudder.

Rudder can't be upgraded at all??? just made my decision!


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In regards to registration, just go to Clearlake and put up the sail. Take the resulting citation to DMV for registration and sign-off.
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