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I purchased my Tempest 170 Pro in the spring of 2014. The local dealer generously allowed me use of a 2012 Tempest 170 Pro until mine arrived, about a month later. The 2012 boat was one from the China construction lineage and my boat would be part of the new more robust production line from Estonia.

I quite liked the 2012 boat, basically because it felt relatively light weight. I believe it was about 52 lbs. The sub-par construction was not that evident, maybe some gelcoat cracking in a couple places.

It was with great anticipation the day I went to pick up my new boat. There a time of denial, because I could not believe how much heavier it was than the other boat. I estimate it to be around 58 lbs, not a great weight for a composite boat. I find I don't carry it more than a few feet by myself. But using a caddy is easy to do and allows loading everything into the boat and making one trip. The rear hatch will just fit the caddy if I need to bring it along.

One reason I bought the boat was the excellent seating system WS offers in their touring boats. But the cockpit size is a bit short. They advertise it to be 34" long, but measured to the actual opening, it is only 30 1/2". Many folks, including myself have moved the seat mounting location to the rear by 1-2". I actually met the boat designer, Steve Scherrer, once and he said that was fine to do it. But it is still a bit tight at the shins when exiting. Wet exit/re-entry has not been a problem at all however. The boat feels great when seated in the cockpit with all the wonderful seating adjustments available. The boat has the best seating, outfitting hardware, and lines of any I have seen on the market.

The design is beautiful and the boat handles well. I wish it was closer to 50 lbs in weight. It is a bit sluggish on acceleration but maintains pace easily. This model is no longer available from WS.