Submitted by: Anonymous on 6/3/2009
The boat was used as a demo model for a store and actually the owners wife had it on vacation at the keys when I first went to look at it. I like the idea of the smart rudder system but have not used it and do not think I need it. From looking at how other types of rudders work I don't think I would have bought this boat if it was a regular one. You use your toes to control it and it's real easy to let down. I have tried to let the rudder down with wind but I think the wire has gotten way too loose and it throws the boat off. I find very little need for improvement in tracking unless I am going catycorner against current or in some cases wind.
The first time I got in this boat it felt very wobbly but after a paddle or two I have gotten used to it and hardly ever notice it. I started out slowly on a small calm lake without motorboats then slowly challenged myself by heading down to blue marsh to experience the waves of large speed boaters etc and I did fine. Falling out of the boat has never been an issue unless entering the vessel but I have since mastered that.
Recently I have taken it on a trip to a state park where I had a blast even with the wind and weeds. I definitely outperform other smaller slower boats on the water. Although I do not have much to compare it to I believe the maneuverability, speed and the responsiveness are all very good. The tracking is good but, as I said before, it may need some correction under some circumstances. My paddling skills I am sure leave room for improvement so any of my complaints may be very subjective and that is why I am not focusing on detailed aspects of that.
The important thing is that I am very pleased with the quality and performance of my boat. I'm sure that more experienced paddlers will definitely appreciate it also but beginners be wary of the instability especially sitting; although I did not find it to be much of a problem.