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Great stability and can carry a lot of camping gear. I love that the seat slides to adjust for leg length. Great kayak even when you are not camping.
I actually bought this boat used - one year old. It was in new condition and had clearly barely been in the water.
My previous kayak experience had been a few years of roto molded boats including my Wilderness Systems Tsunami 14.5 and Perception Carolina 16. Wanting to move on from the much heavier but serviceable boats I did my research and was considering fiberglass options. My primary criteria was stability, easy in and out of the cockpit, high back seat with decent support, and a rudder. The latter two criteria is difficult to find in higher end boats and a more minimalist approach seems to be what most paddlers prefer.
This boat is a dream to paddle. Very stable yet very responsive. You can feel the your input quite precisely. I can easily tell when I fumble a stroke even in the slightest. The boat is quick and feels great on the water. The seat is fully adjustable to fit comfortably for long stretches. The cockpit is very comfortable and easy for this 60 year old to get in and out of. The storage is very ample and enough for any type of tour that I'm likely to take on. I like how they designed the rudder pedals to pivot in place so the my leg extension never changes. All in all I love this boat.
I'm not a total boat geek as I don't necessarily keep up with what is on the market. From what I know about kayak materials it seems like everything you can do with fiberglass you can do with thermo formed plastic. It seems like the Delta and other thermo formed boats are just as capable, durable (maybe a bit more than fiberglass), and considerably less expensive than fiberglass, I wonder why fiberglass is the standard among higher end boats.
I would recommend Delta boats for anyone looking for a comfortable high performance touring craft.
I paddled for 77 days and by the end I had experienced 3 problems if you can call them that. The first was that the stitching on the front hatch cover came undone so that the elastic lost its tension. Delta Kayaks sent me a replacement with no hesitation. Secondly, a small crack has appeared in the top of the seat back. Do not know how this happened and it did not affect my comfort or back support. Thirdly and most annoyingly, the strip of trim that goes around the cockpit and covers the sharp edge has come unstuck. I will have to remove it, clean all the river dirt out and re-glue it back in place. There was plenty of room for almost all my gear apart from a sail and the C-Tug.
I recommend this kayak to anyone wanting to do a long trip with rough open water as well as long river stretches. It is a fast boat too.
The boat edged quite well to allow good maneuverability and the flat bottom made the boat a great day tourer in that it had plenty of initial stability. Very reassuring. Seat was also quite comfortable, more so than my P&H. Another rope cleat arrangement adjusts the back rest and it worked very well.
Speed was good to better than average....I was able to maintain around 4mph with little effort. I picked the boat up and put it back on the rack after paddling it....wish my poly Scorpio was that light.
The boat badly needs a day hatch. Probably the only negative thing about the boat. Really Delta?? No day hatch on a seventeen foot boat??
I like a deeper boat, and the deck is more accommodating than the specs would have you believe. FWIW, I'm six foot tall and about 205 lbs. This boat had plenty of room for me and probably more. Great boat to visit the manatees with