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Everything that the previous reviewers said I agree with, so I won't go into those details. Eddylines are made in the good ol' USA and are top quality. I haven't seen anything near the price that compares. In summary: try it, you'll like it. It's a kayak that you don't outgrow.
- The boat is initially quite tender, but has good secondary stability. If you have kayaked before it should be no problem, but if you're a beginner it's a little disconcerting and takes getting used to. I had only been kayaking a short while prior to purchasing the boat, and even then only in a very stable recreation boat, so was a bit unnerved on my first trip. I’m much more comfortable with it now.
- It's EASY to paddle and fast. It takes very little effort to get it moving. The bow wave is very quiet too. It rewards you for paddling correctly (like sitting up straight and twisting at the waist), but doesn’t really penalize you too much for just taking it easy.
- It tracks very straight, although to the detriment of being maneuverable. It isn't a quick turning boat - you have to work at it. If you are an experienced kayaker and can edge through your turn, it helps. For lakes and quiet streams or rivers this is ideal. For rapids or constrained areas, look at the other more maneuverable kayak.
- The seat is comfortable (for me anyway), and makes you sit up when paddling, like you're supposed to.
- The cockpit is large enough to slip in and out of (I'm 6ft and with tight hamstrings, so need room for my knees). Lots of foot room too.
- Storage areas seem adequate for day trips, but don't plan on an overnight without a support boat. There's separate floatation glassed in separately in the bow and stern.
- The hull is smooth (good mold), but you get what you pay for with assembly quality, I'm afraid. There are a couple of "hard spots" where they glassed the bulkheads in without trimming them first, so the hull bumps out ever so slightly (we're talking 1/64th or so - enough to see, but not enough to make a difference in the water). The glass/kevlar tape used to bond the hull and deck is not quite as smooth as I would like, but it's a solid bond and, hey, for the price, you shouldn't expect perfection.
- I initially thought the carrying handles were funky, but they make the kayak easy to carry, and I can lock the boat to the carrier rack on the car with a cable lock through them.
- The boat feels as light as they claim. I have a Nissan Xterra, and am able to lift it on without help.
Would I recommend it to someone else? In a minute, if their needs were the same as mine.
It tracks well and paddles easily, although the laws of physics limit speed. The cockpit is roomy, so neophytes like me are able to get comfortable without feeling claustrophobic. It also was tame enough that it got my wife interested in kayaking. I agree with a previous reviewer that it seems a little funny to have an access hatch to the stern when there's no bulkhead behind the seat, but what the heck, it looks cool...
My wife and I have other kayaks now, but will keep the Pamlico for friends or just to play around in. If I were rating it just as a beginner's boat, it would be a 10, but nothing is perfect...