My Luna Grande is a 2002 build that I bought used about ten years ago. The build quality is as good as other reviewers have described. It just feels like a quality boat. The cockpit is comfortable - a nice combination of snug but not confining. The fairly long cockpit length helps. Primary stability is moderate for the first few degrees of roll and then the solid secondary stability kicks in. This along with the relatively short waterline and rocker make the Luna feel very maneuverable and lively, but it also tracks great and doesn't feel slow.
My Luna weighs 52.5 lbs with the rudder and a deck compass, so Seaward's spec of 52 lbs. appears accurate. It's not a lightweight, but not bad for a fiberglass kayak either, especially with this solid build quality. Being an older build, mine has the aluminum "gas pedal" rudder controls and the foam block seat pan. It sounds like Seaward has changed these in later years. Overall, I'm very happy with this kayak and it's one of few things I own that actually deserves a top rating.
This is my third Seaward kayak over the span of 28 years. The quality is without a doubt the best. My Luna Grande was built to meet my specifications as a 67-year old woman. It is lightweight and paddles like a dream.
Owners, Steve and Jacquie have been accommodating through all three boat purchases. They are a blessing to work with as must be their entire crew.
I only hope to be paddling for another 28 years!
Purchased a 2016 Seaward Luna Grande with a light teal deck over a white hull and black seam. A truly beautiful boat that is easy to spot on open water. A pleasant diversion from the ubiquitous reds and yellows. Fiberglass layup is as good as it gets. Even the bulkheads are glass, and there is a river of resin floating over the keel inside the cockpit. Cable lines are muscular, and the yak gives you the feeling of safety first. Finish inside and out is simply impeccable. Stability inspires confidence: Initial, of course, will bathe the careless one. Secondary is outstanding once under way. Tracking is good (not great) while maneuverability is excellent. This slightly rockered hull exhibits absolutely no fear in the open Gulf of Mexico waters. Broaching seas are a non-issue while the hull magically penetrates through the nasty boys. Love it! You can almost put away the spray skirt. Sea water may come over the deck, but seldom reaches inside the cockpit. Speed is excellent, but that may be the paddler. No need to exert extra effort to keep up with long boats. The Luna Grande cockpit fits like a glove without oppressing hips and legs. Hatches are a bit annoying, however, with the multi-layer process of hard cover over neoprene liner. Waterproof, yes, but can be a tedious pain at times. Seaward need to take a look at the CD Solstice GT for some inspiration with the hatches.
I am a 5' 10" 175lb athletic male. Large quads, 31" inseam, and size 12 feet. Definitely not a newbie yet totally uninterested in constantly performing Eskimo rolls to prove manhood. Use is primarily day tripping, adventure seeking, outings with a sea kayaker's club, and the occasional over night journey. I love to launch when the storms build. This kayak is capable against most any Florida challenge, and it's no surprise this hand-built British Columbian serves as an Alaskan "go-to" watercraft. I liken the Seaward Luna to my BMW -- the ultimate driving machine!
The boat is maneuverable and has decent speed. Weathercocking is minimal and easily corrected. The rudder allows firm bracing as it operates as a gas pedal type when deployed. The fit for me is good at 170 lbs and 5'6". Overall this is a very enjoyable seakayak and will suit a variety of paddlers.
The most striking feature of the boat is the constuction quality. Seaward provides a lot of boat for the money with vinylester resins, glassed bulkheads and double seams. Their Discover Kayaks line has boats with vinyl extrusions like the Current Design boats that sell for $700 less than the CD models and dont have bulkheads that leak. Having owned CD boats as well as Wilderness Sytems, Kajak Sport and Swift I believe the Seawards are the best.