FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

Email me at tomlyles@gmail.com Tell me the boats you want to try out and where you are located. I will work with you to set up a time and place to try out our boats. I am confident that you will find that one of my kayaks is perfect for you.
Yes. One weekend a month during the warm months, Old Dominion Kayaks will be traveling for demo days. We will bring some of each of our kayaks and head to popular kayaking destinations in Virginia, such as the Eastern Shore or Virginia Beach. Look for announcements on our home page for dates and locations.
Email me at tomlyles@gmail.com Old Dominion Kayaks is a small business with a personal touch. I will spend the time with you to price out options for your new boat, and talk you through what you may or may not need in a boat. Tell me what options, colors and boats you are interested in, and we will set you up in the boat that will fit you and your outdoor lifestyle best. Already know which Malibu kayak you want? Email me and we'll set up a time for you to see what we have or schedule a demo.
We understand that a lot of folks on the eastern seaboard would like to buy a kayak, but may be turned off by the long drive to Richmond. We are willing to drive to meet you at a convenient location. Just be prepared to take the kayak home: have a roof rack, kayak holders and straps, or some other setup ready. The distance will be determined on a case by case basis. If you buy more than one kayak from us at a time, we will try to arrange to bring them directly to you.
Yes! Although we are very surprised that you have managed to destroy one of our incredibly tough kayaks, we understand that tragic accidents can happen. Fortunately, Malibu Kayaks LLC. has the best warranty in the business, period.
Malibu Kayaks Inc. kayaks are manufactured using Super Linear Polyethylene.
Yes. However, it is not recommended that you leave your kayak exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.
Yes, it is normal to find small amounts of water in your kayak. Water can enter through seals in the hatches and condensation often forms when a kayak is used in cool water. The drain plug is provided to remove the water from the kayak. Leaving hatches open while in storage will allow remaining water to evaporate. If water is left in the kayak for long periods of time a stale smell will likely develop.
Your kayak requires very little maintenance. Although salt water will not harm the plastic hull, we recommend rinsing off your kayak after every salt water trip. This will keep hatch operating mechanisms and sealing surfaces free from salt and debris in order to assure easy operation.
For general cleaning, a kitchen cleanser such as Comet or Ajax and a scrub brush work well. To remove stains or tar, baby oil works well.
Absolutely. All Malibu Kayaks LLC. kayaks are constructed in Orange county, California.
Yes, it's easy to fix. Even though it is very hard to cut or damage our kayaks, if it does happen, then give us a call at (804) 833-7220, let us know the color of your kayak, and we will send you repair material. You will then need a soldering iron to 'weld' the repair material into the damaged area.
We recommend either mango or yellow for best visibility to other boaters.
Many accessories from other manufacturers such as backrests, paddle and rod holders, knee straps or kayak carts will work with your Malibu Kayaks LLC. kayak. If you are unsure about a particular accessory, just give us a call at (804) 833-7220.
Yes. The Super Linear Polyethylene plastic that we use is recyclable.
Of course. Generally, a 25-30 lb thrust electric motor is used and works well with a deep cycle marine battery. The motor mount extends off the starboard side of the kayak behind the seat. Trolling motor mounts are only recommended for the following Malibu Kayak models: Stealth 14 and the X-Factor.
Those are there so that you can attach a motor mount for a trolling motor.
Yes. The Pro2 Tandem's seating design allows a single paddler to paddle comfortably from a mid boat position.
If the dent won't push out easily, leave the kayak in the sun with a black trash bag over the area. This should heat and soften the plastic to the point that you can easily push the dent out of the hull.
Choosing a kayak and accessories. I know some of this will be redundant, but, can’t have too much info. Here’s some more info out there that might help: http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/showKayaks.html?manf=89 http://www.kayakfishingstuff.com/drupal/articles (may be out of business) lots of good articles…… These two sites address about everything. That said, the two most important things to really pay attention to when buying a kayak are: 1- The seat- the seat must be comfortable. A bad seat will chase you in. You won’t want to take it out again and again….. That’s the point I think… you spend the $$, you want to get out there and get your money’s worth. Sit in whatever you looking at…try it out. 2- How stable does it feel to you on the water? How stable do you need it to feel? There’s paddling for exercise and the scenery, with just a pfd and a paddle. Then there’s fishing when you take a lot of extra/expensive equipment, and you are making movements on the yak that are not just paddling movements. There’s only one way to tell that. Try it before you buy it. That way you have a better chance of getting the right thing. The sit on top style kayak lends itself to the fishing activity better than a sit inside. I’ve had both, there’s no comparison. You are more maneuverable on a SOT. Sit sideways with your feet hanging out. It’s more stable. You can carry more stuff, even dogs or small children. Also see, http://www.kayakfishingstuff.com/drupal/content/sit-top-vs-sit-kayak-fishing That said, the Malibu Kayaks S10, is wider than most sit inside yaks, which makes it very stable from side to side. The bottom of the boat doesn’t turn up till it gets to the sides. The bottom of most boats start slanting up from the keel, makes them less stable. Generally speaking, the longer a kayak is the better it will track. The longer it is the less maneuverable it is. 11.5 to 12.5 is generally a good mix. After that it’s feel and trade offs. Shorter boats are harder to keep straight, so you expend more energy getting from place to place just trying to straighten the boat. Malibu’s MiniX does have a deep keel on it to help with tracking……better than some others out there…...but it’s still not like a longer boat. That said it’s great for running rapids with or w/o a fishing pole. Paddles: I teach people to paddle flat, elbows locked, twist with your torso. That is, when you’re going from here to over there. Keeps you from wearing out your biceps. Flat paddling requires a long paddle. No matter your size, nothing less than 240lg. The more you spend the lighter they get. Spend as much as possible on the paddle, you’ll stay out there longer. Also, it’s odd but you can put more energy into the water with a lighter weight paddle. It’s like the seat………get good equipment, enjoy it more. Shorter boats may require a more upright stoke to keep straight. PFDs: a paddler’s pfd should be narrow on the shoulders so it won’t rub your neck as your shoulders move. Better kayak seats have high backs; you need a pfd with a high back so it won’t ride up on you. It should be plenty open on the side for ventilation. And of course, for fishing, you’ll need one that has a bunch of pockets for stuffing essentials, like lures……………. Kayakers don’t take closet sized tackle boxes with every lure they’ve ever owned. It’s more about taking the stuff you’re most likely going to be using…..economies of space, and working from your vest like a trout fisherman wading in a stream. Bright colors are about safety. Being seen by speed boats…… you’re sitting low in the water. Only the top 6 to 8 inches are visible. If you must get a neutral or dark color then look into a pfd with some color and a safety flag like the VISIPole. Those are the high spots. The site kayakfishingstuff, listed above, has long articles…….I’ve given you the highlights. How to carry: I carry a Yakima catalog for brain storming. http://www.yakima.com/shop/water Best place to get stuff is Agee’s Bicycles, Carrytown. They discount 10% and they know what they’re doing. I think because they work on things…..assembling bikes, they’re use to looking up things in catalogs and putting them together in their heads. You don’t need to be ready with that………I deliver reasonable distances. Oh, round bars aren’t necessarily the best. Thule makes rectangular bars. Nothing rotates around a square, but a loose fitting accessory will rotate on a round bar. That said round bars are stronger in the middle than square bars, if you’re going to be carrying in the middle. --------------------Helpful sites…… http://www.tkaa.org/ fishing club in VA Beach. Look for launch sites http://www.richmondgoodlife.com/richmond_boat_ramps.htm launch sites http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/view/ some description of various sections of rivers the book my son uses for river planning- James River Guide, fishing and floating, by Bruce Ingram http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/wetsuit-vs-drysuit-for-paddling/ http://www.saltwatertides.com/pickpred.html tide predictor http://www.tidewateradventures.com/sites.php# guide services are out there, use them to see where they go. http://www.mapmyrun.com/create_new use for checking out distances http://www.heroesonthewater.org/home Heroes on the Water…… Have a look around my web site. The best/most stable boat I have for uneven water is the XFactor. The Stealth 14, cut from the XFactor, is right there with it. The XFactor has a reputation in the industry as a big boy boat. Taller, bigger people have a higher center of gravity. If they feel comfortable on it, average sized folks will be just that much more stable. Right behind those are the Cobra Fish & Dive and the Malibu Stealth12. The Stealth boats are mostly for open water, bay, ocean, lakes, where live bait is used. The Stealth’s have been reworked for 2013 to port the live well off center of the keel. This may allow some incidental contact with river obstruction, but caution should be exercised. I haven’t tried to bust one yet but it looks like it should handle rocks OK. The XFactor and Cobra F&D can be taken anywhere…….. Malibu’s X13 can be taken anywhere. It’s narrower with rounded sides, like other makes, so it glides thru the water better, just less stable....not unstable, less stable. The X-Caliber is a good stable boat, in any environment, easier to transport than the heavier boats, big bow hatch will accept a lot of gear, big enough in the back to carry a milk crate. It has adjustable footrests and should fit most people. It has a California bottom, which is somewhat flat making it more stable when sliding over unseen boulders. The paddle I carry, is the Werner Skagit CF x240, all black, 32oz - $180.00 - http://www.wernerpaddles.com/paddles/touring/recreational/skagit_cf_im/ I also have the SeaWhisper 240, 2-lbs, 6oz. $105.00 http://www.seattlesportsco.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=1996&idcategory=138 C-Tug boat cart – these are heavy boats- watch the video - $155 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0ijJCIuXyM Best kayak fishing pfd on the market, NRS Chinook- - $105.00 – http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=21501&pdeptid=2059 discontinued Or http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=21501&pdeptid=2059 whichever I have A darn good seat- COD Apex 1- $95.00 http://codpaddlesports.3dcartstores.com/Apex-1-Seat_p_56.html Best darn seat on the market- Surf to Summit Expedition GTS - $185.00 http://www.surftosummit.com/gts-expedition-molded-foam-kayak-seat-pack-p-1916.html?cPath=299_294_325&osCsid=v3dirhr8653jocpfqilj1t0a21 Mine is a home based business. I do things by appointment. I do have a day job. I’m listed on the dealer page of both Malibu and Cobra I carry seats, paddles, pfd’s and boat carts as well as a few other get started kinds of things. I take VISA, MC and cash, no checks. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions. The quality of your experience is directly proportional to the quality of your equipment!