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After owning 2 kayaks, I felt the need to have something really lightweight. Of course, there is affordable 10 feet kayaks under 40 pounds, but they are usually a little soft and a little slow. And if you talk about a 12 feet kayak under 40 pounds, the price goes way up. Considering I would have to pay a lot more for a lightweight boat, I finally chose un Pack 13.6. As it is longer than a 10 to 12 feet kayak and totally open like a canoe, it is more affected by wind. I don't care as I never go out when there's too much wind. I first tied it up on the rooftop like a kayak. Not to be done. It shakes way too much on the highway. Tie it up face down like a canoe. On the water, it's a wonder. It's fast and so easy to maneuver. It glides really easily. I don't think I will ever regret paying that much for a boat. It's so lightweight that you're ready to go in less time to say it.
The seat was extremely comfortable and the position was great. Easy to get in and out of as well. The placement of the thwarts was nice as well and gave the boat a nice, stiff feel at the gunnel. Overall a nice boat for a beginner or someone who wants the speed of a kayak but with the convenience of a canoe.
I highly recommend the Swift ADK Pack 13.6 canoe. Great balance of light weight and strength, and a great option to test out before you plunk some money down. I paddled the canoe for a bunch of day trips, including climbing over beaver dams, portaging, marshes, open lake with strong wind.
Love the canoe.
Two things that a canoe needs to do are: Go straight, and then turn on a dime. This boat seems to do both. While paddling along at a normal cadence, the boat goes pretty straight. You can watch the bow turn away from that paddle side with each stroke, but once the opposite paddle enters the water, the correction is pretty immediate. So, Yes the boat paddles in a straight line. So what about turning? A forward sweep on one side followed by a reverse sweep on the other, was enough to turn 180 degrees. Which, in my opinion means that it does what a boat needs to do!
It is a really fun little boat to paddle, and I do get the impression that it can cruise at a speed that is comparable to that of all my friends in their plastic kayaks. So overall, I have to say that this is definitely a nice little boat. Easy entry, easy exit, lots of room for your stuff, and paddles beautifully.