On the positive side:
Huge cockpit with super easy entry and exit.
The boats are inexpensive.
The boats are almost indestructible.
On the negative side:
In windy conditions you got to know/learn how to paddle because the kayak wants to turn into the wind big time. At the beginning I found this very frustrating and hard work. But I guess it made me a better paddler.
I find the foot rests very uncomfortable especially if I paddle more than one hour. Due to the wide hull of the boat the foot in a leaning in an outward position. My biggest complaint about this boat!
The seats are also very basic and my behind hurts after an hour or so.
The hull of the boat is very porous and gets very dirty when stored outside which is what we do during the summer. The dirt really gets in the hull and it is impossible to clean completely.
There are no leg braces and it is difficult to get a good connection with the boat and if feels like sitting in a bath tub.
In windy condition there is a lot of splashing.
The bulkhead is not at all watertight and water is actually building up in them.
The workmanship of this boat is really very rudimentary and rough.
Despite the negative comments we really enjoyed these boats and they have been great for learning to paddle and to find out if we like the sport. But now I can't wait to get a real kayak.
The fact that the Tomahawk with its roomy cockpit is a good fishing boat, whether drift fishing, casting or trolling, is a bonus! Not to mention the fact that it paddles relatively easily while traveling at a good pace. Definitely not a racing kayak but, as a good paddling friend of mine is fond of saying, "Paddle slowly, the journey is too soon over!" So it goes...
As stated in my previous review, it is not a "true" sea kayak and with its huge cockpit, not a boat for performing rolls. BUT, its stability precludes having to worry about that. I've had the opportunity to paddle a 17'4" Sea Wolf (which is now up for sale) and although it is a very fast "true" sea kayak, its confining cockpit size (30" x 17") and its seating configuration just doesn't allow me, with my bad back, the comfort of the Tomahawk.
I've paddled my friend's Prijon 15.5' Touryak and had to do a lot of correcting to keep it tracking straight. When I paddled my Tomahawk alongside him in his Prijon, I had no trouble keeping up with him with minimal effort and the added bonus of little or no correcting strokes in a hefty crosswind. I also paddled alongside another friend in his 16' Necky (which cost over twice what my boat cost me) and again had no problem keeping up with him paddling into 4' seas in a strong headwind. His, with the upswept bow, is a drier boat in that it generates less spray going into 4' waves, but hey, a little water in the face feels good on 90 deg.F summer day.
As previously stated, the large cockpit makes entry and exit a breeze and allows for ease of carrying gear. A great yak for fishing or photography or just plain cruising. Oh, and it also surfs very well with minimal steering in strong following seas. Add to that the fact that the double-layer linear polyethelene construction makes this boat virtually indestructible and how can you go wrong? I look forward to paddling it amongst the ice floes in Lake Erie come next winter.
Again, a spray skirt is a must if you plan on punching through heavy surf and I've procured one for just such conditions. I've also built myself a trailer using mountain bike wheels for transporting the boat down to the water and launching it is now a breeze.
This boat has forced my home-built (1989) stripper canoe into permanent retirement. 'Nuff said.
This kayak rides nice and low in the water and with its 28" beam and 13' length travels and tracks very well. Its large cockpit makes entry and exit a breeze. Handles waves very well but you'd definitely need a skirt in breakers or really windy heavy seas. Definitely not a roll boat!
A very nice boat to fish out of with lots of room ahead and behind the seat for gear and tackle.
A bit heavy for a boat this size (56 lbs.) but that's to be expected with this type of material.
The inside edges of the cockpit are rough, the molding process could have been done with more care and that's why I'm giving this a 9 instead of a 10.
All in all, a very comfortable, great looking, easy paddling, safe kayak which gives the paddler a feel of being in a longer boat in spite of its mere 13' length. Canadian Tire Corp. had them on sale for $649 CAD! A real deal!