Awesome boat. Fast, nimble, dry, spacious for all but the largest of men, and I'm a big man at 6'3" and 235 lbs. My size 13s went in with water shoes no problem.
The Manitou is an under rated boat for sure. Have paddled a WS Tsunami 14.5 many times, the Manitou feels like driving a 5 series BMW compared to Subabru Outback. Both truly excellent but one is just a lot nicer to toss around than the other.
It will handle a good chop, any wake, some light rapids, a tight river or an open bay. Once you get used to the soft chine hull, this one is a genuine keeper.
If you can find one with the last ACS seating and the black tupperware hatch lids, post 2013, just buy it. I assure you it will be a favorite in no time.
I sold mine for another boat and I'm on the hunt to replace it. It was a mistake to sell.
Great tracking and stability.
I fought with my wife for over a year about getting kayaks. She wanted me to sell my motor boat and become more environmentally friendly. So I read the reveiws on Necky Manitou 14 after finding a pair on CL. First impression after getting wet the first 3 attempts were not great. One trip was a controlled river release. I ended up wet again. So now ive learned that the key to kayaking is to simply relax! This kayak takes little to minimal effort to propel. I have been in it a handful of times now, and I am slowly loving loving it. Thank you Necky!
The cockpit size on the Necky website is wrong so if you buy any accessories don't go by that. Mine measures 36 1/2 inches x 18 inches outside, 35 1/2 x 17 inside
My only real issue, if that, was that the seat - while very comfortable - was difficult to adjust the back while on the fly . Easy on land, but harder while on the water. Other than that, I highly recommend this kayak.
The seat, the configuration and design were great. I'm 6'1" and 210 - fit very comfortably in the cockpit. I have only used it once on a lake in less than ideal conditions. 15 m/hr winds and lake chop of about 1 ft. It handled about as well as I could expect in the conditions. It tracked pretty well in spite of the wind and chop.
The bottom of the boat had a concave impression when I bought it- they said to put it in the sun for a couple of hours and it would 'pop' out. If we ever have a sunny day again I'll see if that works.
Overall I really like it and once I pop out the bottom and use it in a more civilized outing I'll re-rank it - most likely up!