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Name: iwjoutdoors

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I've had a Scorpio LV for 4 years now. I originally got it nearly new - it had been a demo model and well looked after. I'd noticed a slight "shape" under the cockpit when I got it but didn't think much to it. As the years have gone by, I've changed to describing it as a pregnant lump under the seat - it's pressing too hard on the hull and has slightly deformed it. A great pity, because I think it's the one real bugbear I have about it - it tends to weathercock into the wind, irrespective of the amount of skeg I use or my repositioning the load. The problem arises specifically when the wind is above about force 4 from the rear quarter (7 to 8 o'clock and 4 to 5 o'clock) where I have to apply a heap of edge to keep it on track.

Other issues in my generally beautiful boat (I love it really) is the skeg. Yes, you do have to tighten and eventually replace the bungee on it but it's the ratchet system which becomes impossible to pinch to move without the use of 2 hands when my hands are really cold - I paddle in all weathers.

Lastly, the wonderfully convenient small hatch in front of you, houses a totally un-watertight compartment. It's a good place to put things but don't do so if they can't cope with being wet. I keep choc bars, glasses, spare compass and spare paddle mitts and my mobile/gps in its own waterproof box in here.

I noticed one person say they could fit their size 10s inside. I have trouble with my size 7s - it's certainly not spacious. I also changed the area round the footrests by carving out a plank of wood to the shape of the inside-foot area and then cable-tying it to the footrests - I now have a foot-board and I wouldn't do without it.

I frequently come into contact with rocks on local lake island shores as well as rock-hopping in the sea. This boat takes a huge number of knocks, pain-free. It's a fast boat - I rarely come across paddlers who can keep up with me when I'm really trying and I'm not young any more.

All in all, it's a lovely boat with one or two minor issues above which I've learned to live with.

TLC lock system is on my 215 Eagle Ray which I use regularly on lakes and the sea. It has been used for about 700+ logged hours. Just recently, the paddle has had a habit of coming apart. If I grip both halves of the shaft and twist against each other, there is a definite movement. In due course, this is clearly undoing the twist-lock system. This is reaching the point of "dangerous" so I have to fix or replace using my limited budget (I'm a pensioner). There are 2 further issues to my paddle, which has served me well during all these hours, I will say.

Firstly, the size of the TLC twist-lock means that, on occasions, the knurled knob comes into ever-so-slight contact with the spray deck - it's finally damaged it so much (again, the dreaded 700 hours) that I have had to replace it, due to water leakage.

Secondly. the amount of flutter has always been an issue for me. I don't do the greatest roll and I must admit, a firmer blade would build a definitely better and positive roll.

Lastly a comment about one comment made about it having "stick-tion" on withdrawal - yep, it does IF YOU LEAVE THE PADDLE IN THE WATER AND MAKE TOO LONG A STROKE. So don't, and it's fine, 'cos at that point, your stroke is way too long.

If I could rate the Company for Customer Service, I would score it 10 out of 10.