I won my QCC Q500X kayak in 2010 in a paddling.com contest. A great stroke of luck! This kayak is a great boat for all levels of paddling experience. It's very comfortable for large paddlers. My kayak is very fast on lakes, handles rough waves and strong winds. I live in Colorado so no ocean experience yet. It holds a lot of gear for trips. The quality of design and construction is excellent. I highly recommend it.!
On my third trip to the lake (and last) the outriggers were secured into place and the 500X sliced through the water like a breeze. I had great plans for the coming summer but work, a second heart attack, two back surgeries, and lastly a prostatectomy with a diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer have delayed my trip. Because of my wife, not my health, the trip is now down to 500 miles (I guess one can't drown or be bitten by a snake in 500 miles) and I readily anticipate taking my 500X down the Missouri river in a boat of this quality.
I highly recommend the Q500X to others because of its ease of handling, stability, good storage space, and great lines (several people who have seen it in my garage have commented on her appearance...all positive). BTW she is outfitted with a rudder because of the sail.
In closing, enjoy your boat before your health declines and don't let work stand in your way to a delightful day on the water.
PS: I tested my hatches by directly hosing them down with water and they did not leak even with the water under pressure.
By unmitigated luck, I discovered a used QCC 500 for sale in my locality -- Vermont. I had read about QCC's and how excellent these boats are on here and elsewhere I am an experienced paddler on the larger side, 6', 230lbs, and read that the 500 would best suit my skill and physique. This 500 was going for about 1/3 of the price it normally would have been if bought new. It was a kevlar model, about four years old. The original owner, who had it made for him, needed a smaller boat due to arthritis setting in and the desire to paddle on rivers more than open water.
The boat is kevlar/skeg version. It is heavier to lift than the wooden boat. It is also not as fast. Yet, as other reviewers have duly noted, it is as stable and secure as an aircraft carrier or the cargo vessel it seemed to be designed to be.
Coming from a wooden kayak with hard chines and a v-hull to the softer chines and the shallower V of the 500 is an experience like no other. Where the wooden boat was fast, but precarious in the water, constantly requiring steady balance, the QCC is a slower yet steadier and the more more stable craft. I have had this boat out in all variations of weather and conditions -- 20-30 mph headwinds, 1-2ft swells on Lake Champlain, "the big water," as we call it here, in calm conditions -- and the 500 has performed superbly. The 1-2 ft swells on Lake Champlain seemed hardly a bother; in the wooden kayak my heart would have been in my throat as each wave could have knocked me over. It also surfed well with the waves behind us. With a stiff headwind in front pushing back, the 500 simply plows ahead. Even in the 20-30 mph wind, it seemed undeterred. That was the only time I had to drop the skeg. I have also had this boat in small rapids where a 16'10" boat had no business going. It handled them pretty well.
The cadence of this 500 is slower than my other boat. You will not win any races with it. It's average pace is about 3.5-4.0 mph (via gps), though it can reach faster speeds if you push it. Once, just after I bought the boat, I was obliged to outrun a sudden lightning storm coming in behind me. The 500 got up to 6-7 mph then and we made it, though my muscles did feel it afterward. But the boat does cover distances well.
The cockpit is roomy enough. I can bend over and adjust the footpegs without a problem. With the wooden boat this was an impossible exercise which could lead to a capsize. The 500 had no problem with it.
My only complaints about the 500 echo those of other reviewers about the deck rigging. It seems flimsy. The hatches do seem to leak water, though in trickles. Those are my only complaints.
All-in-all, the QCC 500 is a solid and sturdy boat which can handle a multitude of conditions without flinching. Although not speedy, it covers distance well, and makes life in the cockpit easier without having to constantly worry about balancing, especially in the rough. This boat moves smoothly through all manner of water and is a joy to paddle. I'm excessively happy that luck found me with this boat.
The stability and ease of paddling allows this kayak to become a cargo ship with nearly unlimited possibilities. Mine is kevlar but carbon layups available. Other options included thigh braces, rudder or skeg, hatches, and color combination you want.
What did I give up in the process? Only three things: The GORGEOUS looks of the Eskimo, and its LONG cockpit, great for getting one's knees up [essential for preventing / relieving back strain, I have found]. The guys at QCC thought the 500's cockpit would be adequate for that, but as delivered it was not, so they took out the old seat-and-backrest and replaced it with a different kind, which helped -- a little. Also, the rudder pedal system in the Eskimo is far and away the best in the business, but the patent must still be in force else it'd be copied far and wide by now....
What did I gain? -- A MUCH more efficient hull! I couldn't believe the sheer SPEED of the 500! So, of course, longer trips for the same effort or, with more effort, shorter arrival times! As for the looks: Well, the 500 is nevertheless quite a beautiful boat, but of course the stunning looks of the Eskimo are paid for by those useless bow-and-stern overhangs, the ABSENCE of which is why at the same overall length the 500 has a MUCH longer waterline length...and thus its OBVIOUSLY greater efficiency and speed! BRAVO, guys!!! And also, congrats on finally picking up and moving to the Wisconsin northwoods!!!
This is a truly superior kayak in every way I know to measure. The handling is superb, and I have never felt that a rudder or skeg is needed. It has taken some real punishment over the last few years, but has needed no repairs. It is fast, stable, a joy to paddle, and it holds more gear than I ever need on multi-day trips.
You really can't go wrong with this boat
The boat tracks well and is easy to steer with or without the rudder. (I only put it down when I'm dealing with a constant wind or current). I've used it in river, lake, and ocean conditions, all with great appreciation for it's design.
I also appreciate the performance of the boat. I can easily smoke others in my party.
QCC is a great company to deal with, Steve is very patient and helpful. All American companies should be run like QCC I recommend the boat and the company with out reservation!
First, considering that QCC is a small company with virtually no promotion other than modest ads here at paddling.com, the QCC boats receive a ton of favorable reviews. Yes, you should take any online reader review with a grain of salt. But QCC owners are truly passionate about their boats. That should tell you something.
Second, where you find one QCC boat, you're likely to find more. In my paddling group of about a dozen people, we have one 400 (bought within the last six months), three 500s (two rudder, one skeg), and a 700. Once you've actually seen and paddled a QCC, chances are good you'll want one.
There is no one "right" or perfect boat for everyone, to be sure. (Hence no perfect "10" review.) But over several months, I tried out more than a dozen boats from various manufacturers, and I couldn't find one better for the money than the 500, by a fair margin. And the advice you'll get by talking to Steve at QCC directly, on the phone, is priceless.
I wanted a boat that could bail me out, no pun intended, if I got into trouble. Recently, I was out on Tomales Bay, north of San Francisco, when winds unexpectedly ramped up to 20+ miles per hour. There were some nervous folks in my group, and rightfully so. But I wasn't even using a skirt at the time, and I never felt that uneasy. The 500 is as steady as a rock in choppy water, yet it also can be quite satisfying to paddle across a calm lake. For what it’s worth, I prefer the rudder model for its flexibility in paddling under any conditions.
Yes, given my aging legs, I would have liked to have a slightly longer cockpit. But I get in and out okay. The seat base is just fine. As for the back band, it's like a bicycle seat – no matter what band you put in a boat, someone will probably want to change it anyway. (I added an IR ergonomic back band for about $70, worth a lot more in comfort.)
I've noticed that a lot of cheaply-made kayaks offer very comfortable backrests to make themselves more appealing – but I would rather put my bucks into first-class design and handcrafted American construction, not to mention a boat I can count on. I've got a kayaking T-shirt with a slogan that expresses how I feel about paddling in my 500: "The road to Heaven may not be a road at all."
Boat is responsive and very stable. It is as fast as a non racer would ever need to go. It moves efficiently with a comfortable cadence, and doesn't feel like it is dragging at low speeds. The rudder is great for the wind and steering on rivers. I know rudders aren't for steering, but if it is there I'm using it.
If you are undecided between boats, save your money and get the QCC. Better yet, wait for a used one on their site.
Stop worrying about demoing every stupid boat. Especially if your live in a place with limited kayaks. If I bought local I would only be able to choose from a tsunami or a tempest. In the end you are never going to know until you own it. The worse thing that happens is you have another boat.
I will say that there customer service is fine, but I'm confused by their lack of emailing. There company is primarily on the internet, so..... I am still waiting on an answer to three attempts at an email. I know I could call, but now I'm just being stubborn.
Performance is off the end of the scale - always the fastest kayak in my paddling group (despite my very limited skills), accelerates quickly, glides forever, very seaworthy, easy to turn, great storage capacity. Top quality construction throughout, very helpful factory support. Rarely ever have to use my skeg, but when I do it gives just the right amount of tracking, and it works fine.
The company isn't widely known, but I doubt that anyone who becomes familiar with the QCC500x would ever want any other brand of comparable kayak. I plan to paddle it forever in the lower Chesapeake Bay and James River. Thanks to QCC for making a superior American product.
This kayak can haul tons of gear, which is exactly what I wanted it to do. The hatches are huge and the capacity is enormous. No more backpacking stoves for us, the rear hatch swallows a two burner propane stove with ease. Just keep shoving stuff in and push off. The boat barely sinks further in the water and is still fast and smooth. I love it.
Originally I was not sure it fit very well, and an email to Steve got me a thigh support pillow and turned the seat into a comfortable place. The cockpit is very large, and at 6'4" and 210, I still have lots of room left over. I did have to pad up the underside of the cockpit for a better fit. If I had to do it over again I would not pay for the thigh supports as my thighs come no where near them.
The boat lean turns very easily, behaves fairly well in the wind, handles waves with ease, and is very fast. According to my GPS I have hit 7+ MPH in short bursts. It isn't the sleekest looking kayak, but the workmanship is exemplary and the customer service excellent. Get one.
The QCC 500 is a fabulous boat, one that I doubt I'll ever outgrow. I can't wait for the weather to improve and get her out again in bigger water.
This was my first real kayak, so it was hard to know how to rate it back then. My paddles are usually a short harbor paddle and then out to the ocean. Now that I know a little bit better what I'm doing, I feel that this is a great kayak. I think it tracks really well even in the wind. When put on edge, I think it turns quite well and is easy to correct. I seldom use the rudder in the ocean, leaving it for the harbor when I just like to paddle lazily along. Of course when I got it, it felt very tippy for a beginner, but now I feel very comfortable. I can edge it over quite a bit and feel secure. I recently took an edging class where I had to paddle a much shorter Seaward kayak. I thought it would be much more maneuverable because of its length, but it was a dog compared to my 500. I still only give it an 8, only because I haven't paddled very many boats to compare it to, but has certainly filled my needs. Also, 3 years ago I really hated the Rapid Pulse seat. Now that I'm in better kayak shape, I really don't think it's too bad. I'm still going to go back to my ratcheting backband though.
The QCC Q500X is my third boat. The first "Wow" is for the boat. The first day that I paddled the boat I was very concerned that I had made a bad decision in not testing the boat prior to purchase. For 11 1/2 months of the last year that I have owned the boat I now realize how wrong I was. This boat is strong, fast, responsive, durable, comfortable, and looks good to boot. It responds like a dream.
My only regret is that I purchased the boat with a drop-skeg. I now know that the problems that I have experienced are par for the course with the equipment. Even with this issue I have learned what to watch for (primarily loose gravel).
The second "Wow" is for the customer service. Phil and the group at QCC offer fantastic customer service - on the level with any scenarios that are presented to business students as a model of how to win customer loyalty.
If you are shopping for a top of the line boat that will last a lifetime from a company that will take care of you after the purchase you will do well to take a serious look at QCC!
For the record I'm 6' tall, female and ~#175 so that is scraping the lower height/weight limits for the 500.
I'm happy with the fit, speed and space. I'm thrilled with the stability in high seas. The 500 is great for camping, I've taken it on a 10day trip and end up carrying items for friends with less space. Also, I wasn't too cramped at the end of the day.
The boat is fast. I got talked into taking a racing workshop (mostly folks with K-1's or QCC700's) My boat looked like a barge compared to the others, but by the end of the class I hadn't humiliated myself, kept up with the slower racers and the instructor seemed impressed. I paddled some of 700's which convinced me I'd made the right choice for me.
The problems: The QCC500 weather cocks a bit, so my rudder is usually in use. This raises ire from purists but I'm fine with it. The seat developed cracks within 2 months. Nothing deadly and nothing that duct tape could not fix, but nevertheless it was annoying in something so new. Phil and the gang at QCC said they would take care of it by replacing the boat when production slowed down. It took awhile, but they exchanged the boat during their slow season. That alone impresses me - the honorability of the company. They are good company to deal with. Definitely worth consideration if you are looking for a new kayak.
It rides like my cousin’s old Lincoln on flat water and handles harbor and wind chop well, although it is more subject to wind than any boat I’ve owned. The weather cocking is sort of inevitable with such a high volume boat. Initial and secondary stability are both very good. It rolls easily and turns well. It responds to leaned turns fairly well too. I keep this boat because I believe on flat water camping trips it would be a total gem. Trouble is, living in San Diego I have so many day paddling options available but I also have too many kids and responsibilities to have enough time to expedition or camp.
I have found the 500 really doesn’t like holding a line in stormy, close swells. It wants to turn on the face and line up with the troughs. Most boats will want to do this, but the 500 is even more insistent. And with the small rocker the bow goes under water in every trough when the swells are coming from behind. Being so high volume, it always seems to pop up, but it requires some care. And the 500 doesn’t surf. It turns sideways to the wave face every time, so unless I race in between waves I will be doing a braced slide with every landing in surf. And the high volume makes me fear the dreaded windowshade rolling in anything bigger than about 2’ surf. Bottom line is that for every day use other than the protected bay I never seem to choose the 500. I have a British sea kayak that is much more fun in surf, swells, around rocks, and in storms. I have a surf boat that is way more fun to play with although much less comfortable, and I have a long sit-on-top that is much more fun cruising from beach to beach with beers in the bay. So I’ve kept the 500 for the once or twice a year that I can go camping, and for the dreamed-of trips to the Green River in Utah or Black Canyon in Nevada. As an only boat, you would probably choose this only if you want to paddle fairly flat water or if you intend to do a lot of camping or expeditions.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the seat very comfortable. The back support is great as well. This is a large volume kayak and it fits my 6'1" 225 lb. frame very well. This kayak is meant for large paddlers and conversely will not serve a small or medium-sized paddler well. This was affirmed when my petite spouse took it for paddle.
I have used it in both the Chesapeake Bay and in Lake Champlain. It tracks well, glides easily, and is very stable. I don't have enough experience to comment on its speed relative to other touring kayaks, except to say that it moves well and I was not disappointed. I felt comfortable enough that I could fish, take pictures, cruise, or sprint with this kayak.
The QCC website contains a great deal of information concerning the kayaks, rudder, skeg, etc., and this is important for the customer because it does not arrive with any owners' manual. I can't imagine a better experience in purchasing a kayak.
This boat is perfect for me. It is very fast - suprisingly so for a big boat. Loaded down with about 35 lbs of gear on a Lake Tahoe camping trip it handled big, rough chop well and still paddled fast. The Sealline rudder is awesome - being able to change the foot positions from the cockpit is great on a long paddle. The boat holds a ton of stuff and the hatch covers are engineered very well. It is a beauty.
Not sure what the guy who did all the complaining about service meant. Phil was great with me. He supplied me with extra deck rigging mounts so I could retrofit my Sisson for my girlfriend (that boat fits her great). I would encourage anyone to consider a QCC boat.
PURCHASE/SERVICE: Phil was very helpful over the phone when I placed orders for a Q500X and a Q400X (for my sister). The orders were shipped out in a timely manner and packages such they arrived without a scratch. I took advantage of the financing arrangement they had available at the time and paid off my boat in full without any additional fees or interest six months after receiving the boat. I have attempted to contact Phil by email regarding some cosmetic issues that arose after we began using the boats--kind of tardy with the reply, required some hounding, which I did not expect. Overall the service was quite good though, I'd say 8/10. Would still recommend going through QCC of your are interested, Their guarantee is hard to beat.
BOAT: What can I say--I love my Q500X!! I am 6'1" tall and weigh about 185 pounds with decent sized thighs, and the fit is pretty good. Needed to make some small adjustments with the seat to make it my own--but I would expect to need to do that with any item like that. The boat is stable, yet fast, looks great, and is fun to paddle. I went out for a week with all the gear filled in the bulkheads--the boat handles even better when she is loaded up. Has more than enough space. Could have packed way more stuff, although I can't imagine what else I would have needed for a longer trip with the exception of more food.
Yes, the gelcoat is not scratch-resistant, which is particularly annoying, especially when you get the first scratch. . .But to expect anything different is naive since that is the nature of the beast. A kayak is made to use, and as such will show signs of wear and tear. If you want a kayak that you can just ram onto the shore and generally abuse, this type of boat is NOT for you. Now that I have used the boat for a year, I have come to view the small scratches and marks (which I notice more than anyone else--purely cosmetic) as a testament to the enjoyment I have gotten out of the boat.
The workmanship is top notch--the hatches stay bone dry even when rolling. The boat is light enough for me to handle by myself in most instances, though given the length, I prefer to have help. People who comment that the boat is difficult to get into because the cockpit is too small should not complain: you did not do your homework before making your purchase. The dimensions of the cockpit are clearly indicated on the website. You also have to practice exiting and entering the boat just like you have to practice making the boat go straight.
Overall I have been more than happy with my purchase. A comparable boat from other manufacturers/dealers would have been at least a third more expensive; the money you save by going through QCC gets you all the other equipment you need (a decent paddle, sprayskirt, PFD, some dry bags, etc). I look forward to years of touring with my Q500X!
I must say I wholeheartedly disagree with the scathing review listed below by Michael. While I have not always gotten a prompt reply to emails, anytime I have just picked up the phone and called the customer service has been phenomenal. I just took delivery on a brand new QCC 700XL (my 3rd QCC boat by the way) and it took 3.5 weeks from my order to in my hands. It is absolutely beatiful and exactly as I ordered it. Can't wait to get it out on the water and try it out. I'll post a review under the 700XL section as soon as I do. But as for Steve and Phil, they're top flight. As you can see from my review, I had my 500XL damaged in delivery and they still made the entire transaction hassle free!
Feel free to email me if you have any follow up questions on their products or services. I am a big fan of the boats and the company!
The quality of construction is excellent. I couldn't find a flaw anywhere, and believe me I tried. It is a beautiful boat. I got the Kevlar construction in a gulf teal color top with arctic white bottom. It is a beautiful boat with obvious attention to the detail in the whole construction process all the way through finishing. I had ordered a spray skirt with the boat. At the time the boat was going to ship, Phil said they were out of that model and it was backordered. I chose to go to the next model up in the line so I could get it with my boat. Phil gave it to me at no extra charge since they didn't have the one I had originally picked in stock.
I have only had the boat on the water once due to other commitments, and plan to do an update to this review after I have had it out a few more times. However, the one trip on the water showed me the boat handles well and it glides through the water with hardly any effort required. More to come on handling in the next update....
I cut the bungee on the deck accidentally, and called Phil - he said he would send me some more at no charge. What else can I say about these guys? They did what they said they would, when they said they would, and the boat is beautiful with no flaws. I saved hundreds of dollars by going with them over a "big name" model, and got an excellent boat in the process.
Would I recommend using them again - YES!!
Before purchasing, I paddled at least 8 or 9 different kayaks for a few hours each. I thought that a plastic kayak would be best, because it could handle abusive treatment like running up onto a rocky shore. Along the way, I tried kayaks from Perception, Necky, Dagger, Current Design, and Wilderness Systems, to name a few. My kayak trials typically entailed a half day of paddling, although a few models were rejected after an hour or so at kayak demo days. The plastic kayak I enjoyed the most was the Wilderness Systems Tempest 165. That boat handles extremely well and fit my body (and butt) very well also. If a paddler doesn't want to spend the money on fiberglass, kevlar, or carbon fiber, the Wilderness System's Tempest (or Cape Horn series) is definitely worth checking out. However, once I paddled a couple of fiberglass boats (Swift Labrador Sea and Caspian Sea), I decided to explore better materials.
I relied on the reviews in Paddling.Net and found that QCC was consistently rated the highest by its owners. People always say that "word of mouth" is the best recommendation. In this case, it prompted me to explore the QCC website and talk with Phil about the different models. The model QCC500 is the best fit for me in the QCC product line, and I promptly ordered a DEMO model from the website. It arrived the next week, however, despite being well packaged and clearly marked, the trucking company decided to pick it up with a fork lift (holes in the box) and drop it on end (cardboard looked like an accordian). After carefully unpacking and inspecting the boat, it had a couple of cracks in the side and upper shell. I immediately contacted QCC expecting they would say something like: send it back and we'll issue you a credit towards another kayak. I was very pleased when they suggested that I use the current kayak for a 2 - 3 weeks while they build a new one exactly to my specs. Not more than 3 weeks later, the kayak arrived at the local truckiong company. I unpacked it on-site and re-packed the old one to return to QCC. In case you have any doubts or fears about doing business direct with the factory, you can rest assured that QCC offers SUPERB customer service and support. I would highly recommend QCC to anyone seeking an excellent fiberglass, kevlar, or carbon fiber kayak... at about 25 to 35% less than you would pay to a retail outlet.
In regards to the handling of the boat, fit, finish, quality of materials, workmanship, etc., the QCC is equal or superior to every competitive kayak I have seen or paddled. I use it every week to explore the rivers, intra-coastal waterways, and lakes in Florida and could not be more satisfied.
In regards to the comparison to plastic kayaks, one strong benefit of my QCC is the 43# weight, which I can carry under one arm. The plastic boats in similar sizes are all around 60 to 65#, which typically requires two people to carry to/ from the water.
Any questions, please feel free to send an e-mail to me. Other owners of QCC kayaks will also attest to the "WOW" factor of these kayaks. They look awesome!
This kayak has excellent initial stability and extremely predictable secondary stability. John Winters did his homework on this one. The boat tracks very good and weathercocking is minimal, although I do recommend the rudder for rough water and high winds. In a following sea, the front of the boat has enough buoyancy to keep the bow from pitch poling, and in a head sea, the boat is simply awesome. It slices through chop for breakfast. I've been in 3' whitecaps with 30 mph winds in all sea conditions and found the hull to be stable, dry and fast. QCC did an incredible job with the fit and finish; Phil is a great guy to deal with. The company offers you a lifetime warranty with a No Bull S. policy towards customer satisfaction. The fit and finish is truly in a class by itself. The watertight compartments are very nice and the openings are larger than any boat in its class. I've had 200+ lbs. of gear (I'm 5'10", 185 lbs) during extended camping trips and the boat felt nimble and responsive. You'll appreciate the smart track rudder system and the stainless steel hardware used throughout the boat. My only problem with the boat is the deck rigging. While practicing paddle float re-entry, I had a bungee cord knot unwind. I would like to see QCC make the bungee fastens more secure. In addition, this boat has lines that make people heads turn. I can discuss this for an hour, please email me if you have any questions. Buy with confidence, you will not be disappointed!
Just as an aside: This company made a mistake with my first order and sent me a boat without thigh bracing. Rather than suggest a quick fix, they built me a new boat and it didn't cost me anything. In fact, I offered to pay half the shipping cost and they refused to take my money.
The 500X I bought was Kevlar with a rudder. After researching all models on the net for about a year before buying, I am convinced that you will not find a similar new model anywhere for the price. If you have any questions contact me at my profile, and I will be happy to answer your questions. If you live in southeast PA. maybe we can set up a demo paddle. No, I do not work for QCC. I just want to help a company that has treated me very well, and their boats should set the standard for other companies to follow.
The QCC is a great all around boat! With moderate hip action it can be paddled straight in most conditions without the rudder. It has excellent storage space with great hatch cover seals. It was a bit heavier than specs say at 53lbs. The Gel coat is beautiful and quality overall is the best I have ever seen in a composite boat.
I took it out in some pretty rough conditions one day exiting a tidal creek with an outgoing tide making some sizable standing waves at the entrance. I was impressed to say the least. The boat is faster than most. I got into a sprint with a young buck in a Boreal Designs Narwal. The old man kicked butt. Nuff said! A great boat! I would have to compare it to a Mercedes SUV!
The Q500X is a large kayak with two large flush hatches. There is more cargo space in the Q500X than I can imaging using. The hatch covers are not your typical black rubber you have to stretch over the hatch. The covers are built out of kevlar and have automotive type seals. The covers are even finished on the under side to give it a nice finish.
The Q500X water line is 16"4" which makes it a true tracker and very stable. The seat is an upgraded seat, which is very comfortable. A large cockpit and tall deck makes it easier for those of us with size 12 shoes and 38" waists. At 220 pounds, the additional space is welcomed.
Ordering the kayak on the Internet is a little strange. However, the staff is very helpful and takes extra steps to explain everything to you. I do not think you could buy a nicer kayak then the QCC kayaks at any price. The Package Deal was $2,700.00 including shipping. The Package Deal included the Q500X kayak in Kevlar, Feathercraft rudder, Lightning composite paddle. Lotus PFD, cockpit cover, spray skirt and bilge pump with float. Fiberglass would have been $300.00 less but at this price kevlar looks pretty good.
The hardest part of buying the kayak is waiting for it to be delivered. The kayaks are not sitting in a warehouse waiting to be shipped. When you order the kayak, it is custom built for you. The color selection is almost unlimited.
I would strongly recommend QCC to anyone looking for a composite kayak. Give them a call and tell them what you are looking for. They have a no risk refund policy if you do not like your kayak. I cannot image anyone not liking their kayaks. Kudos QCC.
A beautiful, finely crafted 23-inch beam boat, the 500 is a bit lighter, at 50 pounds, than most kayaks in her size/range. The optional rudder is recommended for dealing with quartering winds, but isn't really necessary under most other conditions.
With plenty of space for achy knees and lots of room for all sorts of gear, the QCC 500's is perfect for big water and heavy loads. The large, watertight hatch covers and cargo holds are an asset. We actually pack folding chairs in the stern of this turbo freighter.
The hull's 16'4" waterline length really helps with tracking and stability, and the 500's rockered bow keeps her nose out of the waves in surf and following seas more than we expected. And at $2345 (w rudder), the boat is a bargain compared to other, similar hard-shell models out there!
What a pleasant surprise _ Designer John Winters and the folks at QCC-Wisconsin really have come up with something different and special!