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Name: GregA

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To have the ability to safely paddle in open water I purchased a used 2004 fiberglass Current Designs Greenland kayak. I upgraded from a Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 recreational kayak, so I can provide fair comments as a novice paddler who has been kayaking for 2 years. I am 61 years old, 5'10" and 230 lbs.

I did a lot of research to find a kayak that I could fit comfortably. A large person can fit this kayak, with no problems. 1st the Greenland is very tipsy to enter. I flipped 3 times trying a shore launch. After watching entry videos, I do a lot better. But you can expect to roll sometimes during entry and exit. It's my 1st time using a adjustable skeg. The Greenland tends to weather cock without full skeg deployed, so I keep it fully extended and bring it in when performing a turn. With no skeg deployed the kayak is extremely maneuverable and quickly responds to all strokes.

As my entry ocean water kayak I'm very satisfied. It weighs approximately 53 lbs, it's easy to car top. I place a slippery blanket on the rear rack and slide it on top. I intend to move up in the future as it only cost $500. Only negative it's a tight cockpit to enter and exit so wet entry practice is mandatory at some point. Therefore, if a big guy is looking for a entry sea kayak you can't go wrong with this one, so my rating is a "8". Happy paddling.