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Delta 14.5 Sport

by Delta Kayaks

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After a lot of extensive research and hands on trials we purchased…

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After a lot of extensive research and hands on trials we purchased our 2 Delta 14.5 in 2007 for aggressive salt water expeditions. Previous was a set of Perception 12'. We've have had our Delta's all over the Columbia River the San Juan Islands, Puget Sound, Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, The Sea of Cortez, and many other bays and rivers on the West Coast and Mexico.

The Delta is a dream for my wife and I to handle. She does her thing and I do mine and we both enjoy paddling. The amount of storage was unexpected for a 14.5. We always rinse the Deltas after use with fresh water and use UV protection on them and cover them when stored. After 9 years in salt water the Delta's still shine and look like new. (pics available) Other kayakers usually eye us with envy. We also make it easier on ourselves, being in our 70's we use a Thule Hulavator on each side of the SUV to ease the loading and unloading.

I was excited to move up in length from a 12' to…

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I was excited to move up in length from a 12' to this 14.5' kayak but I'm not sure whether my expectations were too high but I wish I were happier with this kayak. I had a 12' Perception Tribute which was lively and turned on a dime. I had complete control over the boat. When I first started paddling the Delta, I noticed right away it took a few strokes to get the boat moving. Not a quick off the line starter. Second thing I noticed was that the speed, although a little faster than the Tribute, did not blow me away. Third, this thing takes forever to turn. It's like moving from a Miata sportscar to a jeep. Rudder system is awesome though and the boat is very stable. Not sure it's a keeper.

I have had my delta for about a year and a half…

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I have had my delta for about a year and a half. It is my first kayak and I didn't want to review it without trying it in many different weather conditions. This kayak has been great for the area I am in. It is very stable. I have had it out in 20+ winds on the Columbia and have never even felt like it might roll. It is light weight and easily placed in the J style rack on my Outback. The thermoformed plastic has been ideal. The summer time temps here avg 90-100 F. I have not had any issues with hull deformation. I take my kayak to work and leave it on the rack all day in the sun, when I get to the river in the evening, it is still perfect...no dents, etc. I do store it in the garage when not in use. It still looks as nice as the day I bought it.

The footpegs are easily adjusted. The seat has been very comfortable, I have not experienced any issues with my legs falling asleep. It would be fine for a larger paddler, I am 5'4". My husband tried it once, he is 6'(also not much of a kayaker).

I have loved taking little adventures around our area in this boat. I look forward to actually loading it with camping gear for a short trip. This has been a great boat. I have enjoyed my time on the water in it. After a year and a half of consistent use it is still in great shape. Nothing has broken, warped, or fallen apart. It has been a quality product. I would buy a Delta again.

Very stable, tracks well in wind without the rudder, good glide. The…

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Very stable, tracks well in wind without the rudder, good glide. The blue is one of the most beautiful colors we've seen and attracts attention from other paddlers every time we're out. The adjustable seat is great and it's lightweight and easy to put on the j bar racks. Love it!