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I've owned a 2004 carbon…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/5/2022

I've owned a 2004 carbon fiber Necky Tahsis with the seal-line rudder system in Mango which I ordered new. The kayak 18 ft and the beam is 21.75 inches and with the carbon hull weighs 49 pounds. It's now been 18 years of paddling my Tahsis. I've paddled Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, numerous rivers including the entire rum River from Anoka to Mille Lacs. Most of the St Croix River. Sections of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Numerous lakes. The Apostle Islands. So I believe I may have the most extensive experience with the rarely seen Tahsis, which was produced only 3 years. The boat is very fast. There are some faster hulls a lot more slower. It has low initial stability and moderate stability when paddling. It's fairly maneuverable for an 18 foot kayak due to multiple chines on the hull and the further on edge the more maneuverable it is. There is a decent amount of rocker on the hull as well which allows the kayak to perform well riding sizeable swells and contributes to the maneuverability. I don't remember the exact rocker but I'd estimate it to be 2 inches from and rear. The hatches are cavernous which makes it a great tripping kayak. I'm 6' 2" and about 190 pounds but I've weighed up to 230 and still paddled this kayak. This is boat you wear. The cockpit is 32-15. The kayak is based on the Elaho. I'll probably never sell it because the boat has so many good things going for it and other than some scratches on the bottom, mine is practically new.


I have paddled a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/19/2003
I have paddled a kevlar-carbon Tahsis for 4 months now and have found it to be the best kayak I have paddled to date. I am 195#, intermediate skills, and normally paddle a Shenai.

The Tahsis seems to have replaced the Arluk1.9 in Necky's line up, but with a Looksha multi-chine hull and a inverse keel. It is both fast and quick, and I won a race recently in it. A nice balance between tracking and turning. It has a light initial stability and moderate secondary. I removed the whoppie cushion and soft pad seat cover to increase the comfort level and lower my center of gravity. This made an impressive increase in stability and removed a problem of my legs falling asleep. The air cushion is now used as a camping pillow. It's really a dumb idea for a performance kayak seat.

The cockpit is the best I have ever sat in now. Leg grips are super firm, low rear deck, and a seat back that allows you to rock back to lay flat on the rear deck - snug fit with cyclist thighs. Smart track rudder paddles are great. The rudder blade seems to drag during rolls (when it is at rest position). I only once used the rudder during the race, think I might take it off in the future. I would give it a ten but I have not paddled all the other kayaks yet.