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1. Excellent primary stability. Cant comment on secondary stability cause I didn't push it that far.
2. This kayak tracks very straight for its short length.
3. The seat is high and dry and comfortable for me paddling around for 3-4 hours. Surf launch and recovery in 2-3' breakers and fishing in 3-4 seas loaded with gear and butt stayed comfortably dry.
4. Bow entry/ keel/ design keeps water out of the kayak in rough conditions and surf launches.
5. Plenty of storage though the rear well is a bit narrow, (had to cut the corners off a milk crate to get it to fit. Plenty of room up front to add a bow hatch underneath the bungees which in my opinion should be standard. The 8" round storage amidship is good, if a little small considering it is the only access into the spacious hull. I like the solid plastic receptacle it has much better than the flimsy framed "bags" used by other mfrs.
6. This boat is SOLID. Nothing flimsy feeling about it. You can tell they used plenty of plastic in the construction.
1. It takes energy to get and keep this kayak moving.
2. It is hard to turn.
3. The design makes for a very "slappy" hull.
If you want to fish the ocean and you're not a big person, it's great. Knock around on the beach, lake, or waterway, also great.
Long trips, (unless you're an athlete,) or sneaking up on bass or redfish, not so much.
High marks because for what it is, it does it well.
My first outing I took it to a protected area and practiced tips and re-entries and was really pleased at how quickly I became comfortable with it. The boat tracks extremely well and has a decent speed to it. I have mine outfitted for fishing and look forward to getting into this aspect more.
The only drawback is the hull slap – everything hears you coming in even a little chop. So it can be a bit disappointing trying to get close to birds and, doing most of my paddling in S. Florida rivers, I prefer that the gators stay on the banks where I can see them instead of sliding in the water where I have no idea where they are.
All in all I love my little boat and the fun that I have with it. I think this is a great first time, all purpose yak for the beginner.
It wasn't difficult to get her rolled back over and re-entry was manageable. My only beef was that just as soon as I got back to a sitting position, I got hit by a little boat wake and was swimming again. This boat didn't seem to tolerate anything but a rigid upright position with constant pressure to the foot bracing to keep her upright.
It accelerated fine and turned relatively easily. There was a pretty stiff breeze and a lot of boat wake, but it didn't seem to affect this any more than anything else I've paddled.
I give it 6 out of 10 because I value secondary stability of which there is none. Keep in mind that I am a beginner and recreational paddler and this is my first sit on top experience.
The kayak is extremely stable and tracks well. It takes very little to get up to and to maintain speed and direction. The kayak was not pushed around by the current or the wind. I was not bothered by motorboat wake even when broadsided by the wake.
This kayak is an extremely fun general purpose kayak. I recommend it highly, and I am looking forward to many years of enjoyment.
It's slow; when I paddled with a group of assorted boats I was always last, and had to paddle hard to keep up. I liked the boat very much on the Elkhorn Slough, with no rudder. The Cobra is very maneuverable, which means it can be squirrely in chop and rough conditions, without a rudder.
Excellent novice boat, reasonable price, and light. the only reason I don't rate it at a higher number is the speed ability, or lack of it.
I rig a live-well in the place for scuba tanks that is great for keeping fish. It is easy to re-enter in deep water because it doesn't roll when I push myself up and in. This is always appreciated on a hot day. There are three things I don't like about my boat. 1. I have long legs and my feet are in the last foot slots. I would like to bend my legs less. (I am 6' 1"). 2. The foredeck is a little flimsy. The yak is only forty pounds though, which makes it responsive when paddling. 3. There is considerable 'hull slap' but this is not a bother to me. It is a great multipurpose kayak.