The Kasko is a very agile recreational kayaks. It’s ideally suited to exploring winding rivers, lakes, and coastlines. With a smaller coaming, the Kasko will appeal to smaller sized paddlers. Check out the Ookpik if you are wishing for a wider coaming. Both are equipped with thigh braces and a smaller rudder system to maximize ease of control.
The only reason I give an 8/10 is because I would have preferred the rudder to completely twist up than just half way and the front deck hatch has only one latch, two will be better (third year model does have 2)
Over all I love the Kasko and I have used it in open sea and it responded very well though it's 13 ft.
I will recommend it.
The reason I was first hooked on the Delta (aside that it's a great kayak) was its light weight (41 lbs). I was a bit reluctant to try the Kasko because of its 56lbs. I was soooo wrong. On water the Kasko is so much faster despite the 15 lbs difference. Effortless Paddling, very stable and responsive (quick accelerations). The rudder lets you turn on a dime.
Very experienced kayakers that know the Kasko confirmed it was a great Kayak with a crusing speed (not top speed) identical to most 17', even if it's only 13'.
If you're looking for a easy kayak to paddle and do not want to be exhausted paddling a bathtub that doesn't move, this might be the kayak you're looking for. What else can I say, I love it, perfect for my size at 5'7", if you're taller you might consider its wider brother the Ookpik (24").
Just try it! and see by yourself.
I think this kayak is perfect for someone who is new to the sport of kayaking. The boat is very maneuverable, not tipsy, but is slower than my Necky Zoar.
The Boreal Kasko rudder system is simple, yet effective which I see as an advantage. The Hatches on the bulkheads are designed much better than any kayak I've seen in the below $1000.00 range. The seat, though not fancy with air cushion gizmos, cup holders, and triple adjustment systems is actually quite nice. The height of the back cushion is perfect for wearing your life jacket, and the seat is firm but comfy.
This kayak is beautiful, and all parts, design and shape has convinced me that Boreal Design did not cut corners in making this craft. I will heavily consider this manufacturer when it comes time to upgrade my out of my Necky Zoar Sport.