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Name: ChiefPaddler

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I've had my Fathom for 2 years now and it was worth every penny! I went to a demo day fully planning to fall in love with the (then new) Raven. I tested it and enjoyed the responsiveness but not the accommodations - my feet did not like the angle they were forced into. (Note: I'm 5'11" / 235 lbs with a size 10W shoe.) So, I tried the Fathom and I knew I'd found my new boat. 20 years in a Prijon SeaYak which served me very well. But, I'd always wanted a nice fiberglass boat, maybe a P&H. Now, I really have no need for such a craft.

The Fathom tracks really well, glides really well, and is very responsive to leaned turns. The skeg is nice to have for a cross-wind or following seas, but is otherwise rarely used. I've had it out in some 3 foot chop on a windy day and it is secure yet responsive, with fantastic secondary stability. This is a fun boat to play in!

The seat is comfortable for hours and I have plenty of room to move my feet and legs. My sprayskirt is easy to get on and off the cockpit coaming yet it stays in place while paddling with no worries. The Carbonlite 2000 is holding up amazingly well and requires very little maintenance.

If I could change anything, I would make the cockpit a bit wider to make entry and exit easier. I do plan to reconfigure the deck rigging to make it easier to use a paddlefloat, but that's about it.

I so impressed with the Fathom that I'm seriously considering an Eddyline Caribbean 14 SOT for a warm-weather surf/swim/play boat.

1993 Seayak - my first kayak. I bought it new in '93 in Rhode Island and began paddling all around Long Island Sound.

PROS: Responsive handling, extremely durable.
CONS: Foot peg adjustment, sprayskirt grip, kicks up spray.

This is a fantastic boat. It handles very well, responding to edging nicely. It is perfect for day trips and rock gardens. The raised hatches do kick up some spray in the chop - especially since the boat tends to punch through waves more than go over them. The hatches are small pods so storage in them is a bit tight. They have neoprene covers with plastic lids - I have replaced them 2 times in 20 years. The foot pegs are a pain to adjust, so swapping paddlers is a hassle.

I began paddling doing quite a bit of "offroad" paddling. This boat has been over more rocks and mussel beds than I care to think about. It is very tough.
#1 drawback (besides that I'm now too fat for it's 225lbs limit) is the cockpit coaming has a hard time holding the skirt on.

Given how great this boat is, I'm surprised I don't see a ton of them on the water.