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Old 07-02-2017, 09:02 PM   #1
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What's wrong with a PA-12

I own a Malibu mini-x and been using it for 6 years and love it. The Mini-x fit my bill for fly fishing, now I'm looking to upgrade to a PA-12 and see people getting rid of the 12 for the 14. To me the 12 will fill my needs and don't really want a 14' kayak. I would like to hear some feedback on this.

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Old 07-02-2017, 09:07 PM   #2
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Speed and storage onboard favor the 14.

Cons for the 14 is slight extra weight

But coming from a mini x, even an outback will be a barge
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:28 PM   #3
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I rarely see people sell to upgrade for a 14. The 14 is very nice but the extra weigh, storage , transport isn't worth. Many of the pa 12 you have seen posted around OC belongs to my buddies and all have upgraded to a 2017 PA 12 or a boat.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:53 AM   #4
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PA 12

It seems like most anglers that buy a PA 12 have 2 primary reasons for buying the 12' version. Transport in the bed of a pickup and storage seem to be the reasoning most use to purchase the 12 footer.
The price difference in the two is minimal at original purchase (only about $250)...I prefer the extra storage in back and the larger hatch up front since I like to attach my reliable kill bag on the front hatch.
Yes the PA is big and heavy...but it's like sitting in a a big old luxury sedan...I can spend all day in that big Vantage seat.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:54 AM   #5
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Best advise I can give is to test ride the 12 and 14 but I would recommend the 14 for two reasons:

1. You get two more inches in width, I know it doesn't sound like much but it is.

2. The extra 2 feet of kayak means you get 2 more feet of storage and despite the fact that it's longer and heavier the 14 is extremely fast, it's just as fast is not faster than the Outback.

Again, my best advise is to test ride both and go with what you like and not what others suggest
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:32 AM   #6
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The new PA's are a noticeable upgrade to the previous versions with the skeg system for better tracking, and the new 180 drive. The Mirage 180 costs so much to upgrade, that it kind of makes sense to just sell an earlier boat in its entirety and pick up a brand new one. If the old boat is well taken care of, you end up spending about the same extra money as just buying the drive, but you end up with a whole new boat also. This may be the reason we are seeing some of them up for sale. Nothing wrong with the PA12, more of them were sold for reasons already stated, so it follows more would be on the second hand market.
Me - I love my 14 and would get another in a heartbeat...
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:27 AM   #7
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Get the 14' and save yourself buyer's remorse from the 12'.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:30 AM   #8
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The new PA's are a noticeable upgrade to the previous versions with the skeg system for better tracking, and the new 180 drive. The Mirage 180 costs so much to upgrade, that it kind of makes sense to just sell an earlier boat in its entirety and pick up a brand new one. If the old boat is well taken care of, you end up spending about the same extra money as just buying the drive, but you end up with a whole new boat also. This may be the reason we are seeing some of them up for sale. Nothing wrong with the PA12, more of them were sold for reasons already stated, so it follows more would be on the second hand market.
Me - I love my 14 and would get another in a heartbeat...
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:20 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the input, sure gives me something to chew on.

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Old 07-04-2017, 07:47 AM   #10
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The new PA's are a noticeable upgrade to the previous versions with the skeg system for better tracking, and the new 180 drive. The Mirage 180 costs so much to upgrade, that it kind of makes sense to just sell an earlier boat in its entirety and pick up a brand new one. If the old boat is well taken care of, you end up spending about the same extra money as just buying the drive, but you end up with a whole new boat also. This may be the reason we are seeing some of them up for sale. Nothing wrong with the PA12, more of them were sold for reasons already stated, so it follows more would be on the second hand market.
Me - I love my 14 and would get another in a heartbeat...
This is why myself and about 5 of my buddies upgraded this year.

$2300 (old yak) + $500 cash gets a new yak with new drive no brainer. A lot of used PA12 really just means they sold a lot more of them over the years around there.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:46 AM   #11
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There's nothing wrong with the 12, it's just for a little extra weight, you get better glide, tracking and more storage.
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