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I picked up one of these…

Submitted by: paddler2784907 on 12/27/2023

I picked up one of these last week off Craigslist for $100, and have had it out twice already, once in open bay chop and wind and once in a calm slough. I’m very happy with it but will probably add a removable skeg (not a rudder fan, don’t like to steer with my feet). It definitely likes to waggle and turn, which is a double-edged sword (get it) - I was confident paddling into narrow channels with it because it’s SO responsive to turns. I also felt confident paddling out into significant chop - it handled the waves beautifully and was a lot of fun! But had to course correct quite a bit on the return trips, which gets annoying. So, like I said - will add a removable skeg, and my guess is it will make this kayak perfect.

Most of my previous kayaks have been inflatables, so any hard shell would’ve been an upgrade- but the best part about this kayak for me is the fit. I’m 5’7, 130 lbs and have a hard time finding the right fit in kayaks. I’ve rented a few hard shells, and previously owned a 14 ft boat that was great, but just way too big in the cockpit for me and nearly half my body weight. The scimitar FITS, is longer, and is somehow still lighter than my 14 footer. I need to add some foot braces against the front bulkhead because my feet want to be there but are just barely too short (the perfect fit!) and I love that my hips actually are in contact with the boat, for once! Like I said before, it’s a very responsive boat. Shockingly so for a 16 footer. But the hip connection is clutch for edging, and the stability is awesome for such a sleek looking boat. Even with the waggling, I’m shocked at how easy this boat is to paddle. I’m not terribly sore after two days of paddling in a row, which is shocking for me. And the rescue assist spot is great for tying down on my equally ancient Volvo sedan - I wrap a ratchet strap around the middle of the boat there and the plastic indent makes it that much more secure.

I love this boat!


I bought this kayak second…

Submitted by: gispa30 on 7/30/2019

I bought this kayak second hand but practically new in 1995. I love its shape and the rudder makes for easy paddling. I have mostly used in on lakes. The rudder is controlled by the feet. Waves to not swamp the kayak.Of course, I am talking about waves made by other speed boats. The kayak has a front and rear hatch and strapping. I have often photographed nature when using this kayak.


I love this boat, it's…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/22/2013
I love this boat, it's perfect for me. It is tremendously flexible for all my kayak needs: very maneuverable with the rudder and also tracks straight as an arrow, it has plenty of dry storage for camping trips, it is light enough not to be impractical for day trips, and it's yellow so great visibility on the water. I like that it's plastic (polyurethanes I think) because the hull is more durable and I don't have to worry about beach landings. It is also 5 to 10 times cheaper than a fiberglass or kevlar boats. 10 pounds lighter simply isn't worth the enormous cost difference. I am 6'3" and it was a bit too snug for me at first, but I extended the foot pegs by an inch on each side and now I have them set with one notch to spare. It's a great boat if you want to get out on the water alot and not worry too much about depreciation on your investment. I just love it to death!

I bought a used plastic…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/16/2007
I bought a used plastic Aquaterra Scimitar with rudder and absolutely LOVE this boat. Although an older sea kayak, this boat has wonderful initial and secondary stability and I find it very comfortable to paddle.

This boat is made for small to medium paddlers - my husband felt cramped in it - but for me (5'5" and 120-130 lbs) it fits perfectly. This boat handles barge and speed boat waves beautifully (I do use the rudder) and is a blast to paddle! I've paddled numerous other kayaks - white water, recreational and sea kayaks including a variety of Old Town models, Perception models, kevlar Necky Looksha IV, Hurricane, and Dagger. The Scimitar is my favorite! I can load and unload this on our van by myself so don't find the weight a problem (although I do prefer help when it's available...). So far the hatches have stayed dry. Overall a fun boat if you can find one!


Got a great deal on this boat…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/28/2003
Got a great deal on this boat which was VERY used (7 years old) but in very good condition (just the expected hull scratches and some tightening up needed on the rudder rigging), and have owned it for two months now.

Pros: Handling. Exceptional handling in leaned turns. Really sporty and fun with any kind of turns on the move or for doing tight figure-8s or 360s. Secondary stability. Easy to take into extreme edges. Rudder is great for straight tracking over long distances.

Cons: Construction. Thinner plastic than in most newer boats or those made by other manufacturers. Rigidity is reinforced by a metal bar along the bottom of tfhe cockpit, which is a bit cheesy. Foot braces could also be sturdier, though that may be a consequence of the aging rudder system. Tracking w/o rudder. The short length and rockered Greenland design take their toll on the tracking. Have to do more corrective strokes than I'd like when the rudder isn't in use. Strange outfitting. Hatches each have two-layer covers. Paddlefloat self-rescue is awkward with wide-blade paddles, as there's a plastic structure designed to hold only narrow paddles behind the cockpit. Rudder mechanism is a bit heavy - it takes a strong yank to deploy or retract, which could be difficult in harsh conditions.

Other observations: As a smaller paddler (5'5", 130#), I find myself sliding around in the cockpit a lot during rolls (ugly but effective), so it definitely needs some outfitting for high-performance handling. Cockpit is a lot wider than other boats of similar width. Hatches and bulkheads are tight, though the multi-layered hatch system does catch some water between the inner neoprene hatch cover and outer plastic hatch cover after a capsize. Overall, this is a great boat for skills practice and development, light touring, or surf/rock garden action. 8 when considering the value of the used boat; 7 otherwise.


Bought mine second-hand and…

Submitted by: gispa30 on 5/3/2002
Bought mine second-hand and love it. I love the look of it as well. Mine is of a granite color. First had two white water kayaks, but wanted more room so I could take a camcorder or camera along and other items for day trips and on lakes just strap the lifevest to the front deck. In our area (Tennessee) it gets way too hot to be sporting a lifevest in summer plus I am anyway an excellent swimmer. While I would need a skirt with the white water kayak when the lake gets rough, the sea kayak handles rough water very nicely.

Great boat, it is amazing the…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/26/2001
Great boat, it is amazing the amount of rough water and heavy seas this boat will endure. Great, cheap plastic boat, wish it had been produced in glass.

Nice looking boat with a lot…

Submitted by: paddler229390 on 11/19/2001
Nice looking boat with a lot of features. I however have a size 11 shoe that will not fit down where the pedals are. Bought it for me over the web, Fits my daughter 5'7 nine shoe, fine.

I have owned mine for 18…

Submitted by: paddler229220 on 5/8/2001
I have owned mine for 18 months and have found it to be an easy kayak to paddle, although uncomfortable somewhat, for I am 6'2" and leg room is a bit cramping. I bought mine 2nd hand and I have had some problems with the bulkheads leaking but overall I am happy with it.

I really enjoy the Scimitar,…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/27/2000
I really enjoy the Scimitar, it is the boat that I paddle the most often because of it's quick acceleration and tight turns. I do agree the boat may be a little on the heavier side but once it's in the water you can't tell. I do like the looks of the bow and stern covers because they sit so flush to the top of the deck. At times this Yak is a little bit tippy at first. Once you get used to it it's a blast.

Used for day trips. Very…

Submitted by: paddler228184 on 7/15/1999
Used for day trips. Very enjoyable, loved the sleek and responsive feel. Handled well on wide rivers, lakes and especially loved the great lakes, even in waves!

The Scimitar is a great boat…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/8/1999
The Scimitar is a great boat for day tripping or short camp trips. Plenty of storage for gear. It is a good handling boat for surfing or playing in the rock gardens. Just a great all round boat for many purposes.

Very responsive, fun to play…

Submitted by: paddler227936 on 9/6/1998
Very responsive, fun to play and surf. It tends to weathercock, not enough room for gear, and hatches leak.