After two years of internet research, visiting kayak shops, and renting different kayak models, my new Kaku Wahoo is finally here! (And I am not one to normally use many exclamation points.) I am over the top happy and cannot wait to get this out on the water.
I am not receiving any money from Kaku Kayaks or Frontier Outdoors for this article; nor did I receive any free products. This is my own personal experience, with my own personal boat, that I paid for with my money.
Why Kaku Wahoo?
I was looking for a kayak with a lot of room for storage because I intend to use it to camp. I wanted a sit-on-top kayak so that I could step on and off when necessary. After researching and watching tons of videos, the fishing kayaks and hybrids seemed to have the most to offer, even if I don’t fish.
One of my favorite YouTubers, SailingandSuch, was super happy with his Kaku Kahuna. I researched the Kaku company and really liked Kevin Hawkins’ passion for kayak design. He made his blueprints to fit an actual user’s needs. The big decision was…which Kaku model?
I was considering the Kahuna and trying to decide if I should hold out a month or two for the Voodoo. It really came down to the nuts and bolts of how I was going to use it. I focused on storage and a boat that would track well. I am a paddler and not a fisherman, so something that could haul my gear through the water would fit the bill. Let’s be honest now; I have vertigo and probably should not spend a lot of time doing a stand up paddle. So, I decided on the 12.5 Kaku Wahoo instead of one of the SUP hybrids.
Where to Get a Kaku Wahoo?
Kaku is not commonly found in every kayak shop around the corner, so I located dealers in my state on Kaku’s website. I found Frontier Outdoors about an hour and a half away, but waited until I was closer to their area before heading over. I was actually on a trip to the grocery store to buy fruit juice for a rural family member when I did a side trip to look at a kayak. I went shopping for juice – surprise! Look what followed me home.
I am glad I went to Frontier. The staff there are knowledgeable, helpful, and so pleasant. I was greeted by their beautiful mascot, a white cat.
They have a good selection, therefore I was able to try a number of kayaks that I have never been able to rent before. The put up with me sticking my head in hatches with a flashlight, standing on kayaks in the parking lot, and wrinkling my nose in distaste at anything pink.
Finally, we had a winner and it was time to unwrap it and put it on the roof racks.
Where are the Photos on the Water?
I bought the kayak late on Sunday afternoon and, as I mentioned, I was on a run to the grocery store. You have no idea how hard it was to pass the Clinch River and Shanty Branch and not put it in the water. I could feel the kayak vibrating on top of my truck to go for a spin. Well…maybe it was really just the tie downs whistling in the wind, but I had to resist a real urge to get it wet for the first time.
I have already found an outing for this weekend, so I promise, there are photos coming. For now, here is her photo in front of the mountains.