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This is my first touring...
This is my first touring boat so make of this review what you will based on my experience.
I started out with a cheap recreational kayak to log some miles and figure out what I wanted to actually spend money on.
I eventually decided that being able to go on an extended adventure and maybe some ocean play seemed like the way to go, so after some shopping around I found a a good deal on this boat and it seemed like a good starting point to learn touring boats. I'm 6" tall and about 195, mid 50's and it despite what I've read on here it doesn't seem small or uncomfortable to me at all, not that these boats are designed with ultimate comfort in mind. The cockpit is plenty roomy.
I've found this boat a pleasure to paddle. It seems to track well and has very good initial stability. There is plenty of room to pack enough geat for extended trips and the hatch covers are a good size for loading things. The probably 25 year old neoprene covers under the solid hatch covers are sti in great shape and keep things dry.
This is the only boat I've paddled with a rudder and one of two complaints I would have about the boat is the sliding foot brace rudder control. It really makes it hard to hook up solid in the boat since your butt and thighs are the only stable points of contact. My other complaint is the weight, which isn't out of line for a rotomolded boat and wouldn't be bad if I wasn't always loading it on top of the canopy of a 4x4 truck.
I really think anyone that found a decent deal on a used one of these boats would love it.
I am planning on a more rigid boat next, be it thermoformed, wood, glass or other composite, but this is a great boat and unlike my initial plans when I bought this, I don't think I'll be selling it when I do vet ready to spend a but more on my next touring boat.
Nice, low profile sea...
Nice, low profile sea kayak. Slim and a little smaller than many yaks. Best for a small paddler (under 5'8"). Easy to turn and maneuver around, but seemed to weather cock for me in more open water. I did not install the rudder that came with. Wanted to learn without. And we (me and Seeker) always did pretty well.
The Seeker is a low...
The Seeker is a low profile boat that has a wonderful glide and paddles great for people who know how to paddle. The previous reviews that tell of the Seekers lack of tracking do not know the boat. I have paddled the boat on numerous times and know that proper leans and stroke adjustments make this boat one that will really put some distance behind you. The boat is actually pretty maneuverable given its length.
I love the boat. I would give it a 10 if it were lighter in weight. The kayak has served me well on creeks, open reservoirs, open bays, and open oceans. If you find one on sale somewhere, grab it. You won't regret it. I have just gotten mine out of winter storage, ready to hit the water!
I've owned the Seeker for...
I've owned the Seeker for 3 years now. It is one of three boats I paddle. The first thing one will notice about the Seeker is its low deck height (for and aft) which really gives it a low pfofile. It is not affected much by cross winds. This low deck makes the fit best suited for people with shorter legs and smaller feet. I am 5'9, 175lbs. Built-in thigh braces allow the paddler to have good boat control through contact. As mentioned in other reviews, not for larger paddlers. On the water the Seeker is fast and responsive. It leaves barely a ripple as it knifes through the water. It really cuts through large waves and the arched deck quickly sheds water. The rounded bottom allows fluid transition from upright to leaning. I've had this boat in choppy conditions and it takes it in stride. This boat covers distance with little effort. Like my other boats, spend too much time in the saddle and you know why kayak seats are good for a Chiropractor's business. I have added seat pads in my boats to offset the inevitable. The Seeker's seat is no exception. Dagger builds its seats low to allow a good sprayskirt seal. Some folks retrofit their boats with backbands borrowed from our whitewater brethren. Having a rudder allows crisp handling and keeps things straight on course when it gets rough. Hard hatches have facilitated my paddle float rescue practice. Neoprene gaskets make a watertight seal. Overall I have enjoyed this boat. It will be up for sale this spring to make way for a new baby (something in wood or glass). Great boat for someone wanting a move up from a recreational boat.
The seeker is a well...
The seeker is a well rounded Kayak. But Not for the tall or big person I'm 5'7 160lbs. The low profile decks cuts down on windcocking, the seeker tracks well and has good haul speed. I've had this Kayak in rough seas, and it handled pretty well. I added a ruder for better handling in uncertain waters.
Though on long trips the Kayak can be uncomfortable.
I recently went to a store...
I recently went to a store and tried about 6 different boats. When trying the Seeker, I noticed that both initial and secondary stability was strong; responding well to a lean. I did figure however that a 16 foot boat would track better. The boat seemed to 'wander' wherever it wanted, and windcocked very badly, being hard to correct without a rudder. Keep looking at Dagger however-- they make a very good boat. I ended up going with the Savannah Expedition, awhich actually tracked better at 14 1/2 feet! See reviews at this site.
Tried this one out, and...
Tried this one out, and did not buy. Cockpit is too small and uncomfortable. Poor tracking for a longer boat.
I've had a Seeker since...
I've had a Seeker since June '98. A good all-around boat. Fast, tracks well, fun to surf. A great beginners boat. Felt very stable to me early on. Plus, the customer service at Dagger is great.
An excellent craft. As far...
An excellent craft. As far as stability is concerned it's great and has the capability to handle rough water. I've even run class III rapids in this boat which amazing results. It tracks extremely well which detracts from any white water capabilty. A great boat for lakes rivers and creeks w/o technical rapids(tight turns etc).
The seeker is an excellent...
The seeker is an excellent all around boat. I was surprised at how well it maneuvered. It is a comfortable boat with plenty of storage room. It is very stable in rough conditions.