Read and submit reviews for the Delta 14.5 Expedition.
All in all the boat is a very sleek, shiny, classy looking unit, a boat that would be a pleasure to own. The only limiting factor would be the cost; this makes it prohibitive for many to acquire this unit. It is intended for the serious kayakers.
This boat is extremely stable, without compromising speed. We have taken them on numerous winding river paddles, as well as a few off shore trips.
The only minor complaint that I have, is that the hatch covers are a pain to put on and off. You pretty much have to have 3 hands to do it.
I would definitely buy this boat again, although I wish I had gotten yellow, instead of blue (my wife chose the red). I read somewhere afterward that blue is hard for rescuers to spot from the air.
I am considering moving up to the Eighteen 5 because I am getting into longer excursions and the extra storage will be handy (want to spend a month in Newfoundland next year!) Have had offers to look at other boats, trades offered etc. I have found a winner in Delta Kayaks and I am sticking with them.
My boat was one of the early production models and the initial (black) side supports did not withstand the stress from straps on my roof mounts or my kayak cart. Got replacements and adhesive from Delta through my dealer, but the following year they had failed as well so I contacted Delta directly. They quickly sent me redesigned brackets/supports and I installed those. Have had no problem since.
Great boat, great customer support, I love Delta kayaks.... can't wait to paddle my next one! See you all on the water!