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This is a great Kayak to paddle in the Great Lakes and Oceans. It has plenty of storage for camping and navigates waves on a windy day.
It is 17 feet long, 24 inches wide and can carry 400# giving ample room for your tent, sleeping bag and other camping gear and it weighs only #60.
The tempest 170 is a great all round kayak. It is a medium size kayak 22 inches wide and 13 inches deep. Kayak cruises steady but turns well with lean turns. The drop skeg works well in waves to maintain your heading. Typical weight 57# for a roto molded boat.
I paddled the Tempest in the past and last year purchased one that was used. The tempest is a solid boat that cuts the water nicely. It has a drop skeg that can help with keeping a heading in waves by anchoring the stern.
The Tempest is reasonably quick and turns nicely on a lean turn. On a 4 mile paddle I averaged 5.2 mph with top speed of 6.8 mph.
I replaced the backband because it was broken when I purchased it. This is very unusual and not likely a design issue.
My wife tried it and wants one too. The lever to put down the rudder is a really nice feature, Although the rudder does not deploy all the way down. Just 90 percent of the way. I have not had any oil canning problems yet, but can see how it would happen. I do have a few deep scratches. I expect to hit it with a torch to clean them up at the end of the year.
All in all I love the boat and accept the problems.
Reason I gave it a nine was because it is made of fiberglass and I have to be careful with it (No rocks). Also it is so long it is a little hard getting it up on the roof carrier.