It is a beautiful boat and whenever I mention the price, folks find it unbelievable. I highly recommend it.
Ron Haxby, the owner of Pacific Star Kayaks, is an experienced kayak builder and a nice person to work with.
My kayak weighs 55 pounds because Ron doubled the Kevlar layup in the hull for me (I am 6’2”, 215 pounds) and he outfitted the boat with a wider than standard seat. I like this customized touch and appreciate the solid workmanship Ron put into my boat.
Coming from the 27 1/2" Arcadia with extraordinary initial stability, the narrower sea/touring kayak needed some time to get used to. But since I did, I feel very save and relaxed in the boat even out on the Coos Bay in high wind and very choppy conditions.
Especially when loaded with some cargo the boat reaches its full potential. It is a very safe and stury craft.
The entire boat is very well built, nice and solid work. The only thing I had to do was some fine-tuning on the backrest. Maneuverability is great for an 18’ boat and tracking is extraordinary. As far as I am concerned, the boat handles wind and waves very well, but I have to admit that I am not an expert paddler in open sea conditions.
Since I have this boat I did not paddle my old boat anymore. I find this a great boat and can recommend it to anyone.
These boats are custom crafted in Port Townsend, WA by Ron Haxby, a solo operation. While the minute finish details may not measure up to the slickness of the mass produced boats, they are beautiful to see and paddle. They are also priced in a much more affordable range than most other builders (I could not have afforded a new Kevlar boat from anyone else!)
I added a Ritchie Kayacker deck mounted compass and additional aft deck rigging (standard rigging is only foredeck bungees)to complete the rig-out.
This is my second boat, moving up from a Northwest Pursuit RM, and I am amazed at the difference! Would not hesitate to recommend.