I decided that I did not want to limit myself to just single tank dives with the Pelican kayak, so I also bought a 15 1/2 foot long Ocean Kaiak Trident Ultra 4.7 New Zealand model pictured here that has a higher weight capacity which will allow me to use it for multi-tank dives.
The weight capacity of the Trident Ultra 2 is 550 pounds so I will be well within that capacity on two tank dives using aluminum 80’s.
I also upgraded it by having the rudder system installed on the back of the kayak to give me more maneuverability in the water and make it easier in the currents of the open ocean. The Trident Ultra 4.7 is already setup for the addition of a transducer so I can add a sonar unit easily to the kayak to make finding dive spots easier.
I am also having additional anchor points added to the kayak to attach clips to for my equipment that I will hang over the side of the kayak when I am ready to enter the water.
Since this kayak is quite a bit heavier than my Pelican, I am also having a new kayak rack installed onto my Suburban that will assist me in loading and unloading it. I decided on the Thule Hullavator system which will make it a lot easier for me and keep me from denting or scratching the new paint job on my truck. The kayak should be ready by Wednesday for me to pick up and we will install the Hullavator rack system then.
The new kayak and rack system has cost me $3,000.00 so far, and I still have to get additional items to make it dive ready like a dive flag, current line, anchor, etc. Luckily all of the really expensive items are out of the way now.
This weekend I will be testing out the new kayak and getting used to it in shallower waters over near the Koko Craters dive sites that I dive frequently. I wont be diving from it yet, I need to get used the the handling of the new kayak first, so this weekend will be spent just cruising around the bay taking it for a “test drive”.
The rear tank well of the Trident 4.7 New Zealand model is the largest on the market giving me lots of rear deck room to secure my dive tanks and gear and the front hatch has plenty of room for my oxygen tank and other emergency equipment that I always take with my when diving.
Since the New Zealand model of the Trident 4.7 has a tank well that is so much larger than other kayaks I am able to lay two aluminum 80 cubic foot scuba tanks side by side instead of having to strap the second one on top of the bow hatch. There is still room behind the tanks for my 200′ current line and buoy.