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The Delta 17 was my first ever kayak purchase, I purchased it Canoeacopia this year. After having taken it out on several lake and rivers, I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
I was looking for something I could learn with recreationally this year and for that this kayak is overkill. This baby glides effortlessly through the water and tracks perfectly.
But my future plans with same kayak, once I build up skills on rolling and re-entry are to take it on overnight camping river trips, and out onto the great lakes for trips to Apostles Islands. I wanted a kayak that could handle that need once I was ready.
One thing the sales person talked me into which I thought was going to NOT be worth was getting a nicer all carbon fiber paddle. I've been blown away with how big of a difference a good kayak like the Delta 17 combined with a good paddle makes. On my longer river runs, I've traded off with folks whom rented, and it's amazing how fast you get fatigued with cheaper solutions. I been out on several 4-5 hour length paddles this year and have experienced no fatigue from paddling while in my Delta. However 20 minutes in a rental and I can feel it.
Finally, personally I feel the design of the Delta kayak is a differentiator! I belong to several kayak clubs and people from all of them comment on how nice it looks compared to anything else! Included in that smart design is a very easy way to lock up your kayak. When doing river trips we all drop our kayaks off up river, then drive down river to drop cars off, only to drive back up river to start our journey again. The Delta 17 is a more expensive choice, and being able to easily lock it u and keep it secure when I am not around it adds to piece of mind.
It is great for long excursions, turns on a dime and is fast! Unless you plan to spend $4000 for a expensive composite Zegul GT....this Delta boat is great for all uses! The seats are redesigned and the combing and newer hatch covers are solid and dry....Check out Frontenac Outfitters in the spring in Ontario Canada and try one out!!!
I love how it tracks but can carves a turn with some lean and a real hard secondary due to the hard chine. Mines rudders I wanted a skeg but price was right. Would recommend this boat highly
As far as features, it has about everything I could want in a touring boat, excellent capacity, excellent rigging, and gets all sorts of compliments.
My complaints are few. You should inspect the insides for any potential "pokers" which may impale your dry bags, but this should be standard for any boat so I am simply stating a complaint since there are no other flaws or things that annoy me.
I've logged at least 40 nautical miles on it so far and if Delta needs a spokesperson, they can get a hold of me anytime. Bulkheads are bone dry. Damn fine boat for the money. I'd give it a 10, but without the rudder, it does make keeping a straight line in the wind a challenge.
I still haven't managed to tip it by accident though I sometimes feel mighty close -- secondary stability is really good. And it simply has good looks. To be maybe too frank, I'm disappointed when I'm putting in or taking out and there's no one there to say, "Hey, nice boat, what kind is it?"
As mentioned in my previous review I'm fairly new to kayaking. This boat is perfect for me.
What a lovely boat. Though I'm not very experienced, I found its initial stability very good. I climbed into it from a high-ish dock (first time I'd done that) and away I went. Then I discovered edging :) Finally having a boat that really "fit", I was delighted to see how slight shifts in hips really turned the boat. Revelation :) I took my camera gear with me and felt quite comfortable fiddling about with that, not tippy at all. Seems like it will be a very good day-boat.
Anyway: love it so far. I have no idea how it does in rough water because I haven't taken it there yet. But as a "next step" for folks like me who want to master a proper sea kayak it seems like a great choice.