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Payette 116 Reviews
I have enjoyed this Kayak for…
A strong and sturdy kayak…
A strong and sturdy kayak that launches fairly easily. The storage hatch is way too small, so I had to cut mine out with a dremmel tool. Now I can use all the space inside behind the seat. This kayak doesn't track all that well and requires quite a bit of shallow paddle work. Biggest issue is that the seat back is not permanently attached. It "pops" into a fitting and has adjustment straps, but pops back out of the fitting CONSTANTLY while in the water, requiring me to reach behind myself and reattach the seat back. I'm trying to figure out how to fix this issue because it takes a lot of joy out of the experience of kayaking.
Mine was a retirement gift.…
Mine was a retirement gift. It’s a nice thought, but I knew they never liked me.
I’ve had it out three times. The boat earned the name Squirrelly Pig. It tracks awfully, so paddle work is absolutely necessary. Many small draws at the water work better than large deep draws, unless you like correcting. Odd currents also pull this boat horribly.
Get a good paddle. Mine came without, so I opted for a very light Bending Branches. Unless you want to always be playing catch-up, or sweating profusely. Even out dinking this boats a spinner, and always the wrong way.
Not that I worry about sinking, but I added extra flotation because the nose loves to dive. It also pitches me left in the seat, so I constantly readjust.
Not that this boat is all bad I am able to get on the water quicklyish. The tiny hatch did hold my lunch, and the size gets me out of license hassles.