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This is an exceptional boat that I take out to my local lake and to relax only to find myself pacing (or passing) the surfski folk while out as I hover around 6mph for a short time! The boat brace turns wonderfully in moving waters when pulling out of eddies, rolls as easy as my whitewater play boat, and can easily haul a weekend of camping gear for two.
I find the boat to be quite stable with amazing secondary stability; I have NEVER accidentally tipped in this boat. When chop gets over 8 inches some water splashes on the deck but the ride remains very dry. I looked long and hard, saved my pennies, and found a boat that does just about every thing I could ever want. Fit and finish is beautiful and I get compliments each time I take it out.
I have called Eddyline directly and they have ALWAYS been great, even with the silliest questions they have treated me with kindness and respect. If you get a chance to own one of these boats consider yourself one of the lucky ones.
The Raven handles great, and while I consider myself a novice, the boat responds to edging well, and loves to lean and turn. Even though not used often, the rudder system is strong, simple, and predictable. If I were to make an upgrade to my boat, I'd add a new "Smart Rudder" system to enhance rigidity to the foot pedals when rolling/bracing. The seat design/placement is comfortable, and my legs have never gone to sleep as in some other designs. I love the flush hatches when crawling back into my boat after a capsize, and while the foam bulkheads can leak, I have been satisfied with the integrity of mine. The Eddyline boats have super glass work, and even after 5 years of almost constant service the gelcoat looks great, surface scratches polish out nicely. The factory/dealer is VERY responsive, and that factor alone is enough to make a person buy an Eddyline boat. While shopping other lines, I was dismayed by the lack of response by several manufacturers, even with good design, one major builder from Canada that I met personally took 3 weeks to respond to my inquiry...enough said?
I highly recommend Eddyline. Even with many, many hard miles under the keel, my Raven is awesome! I'd buy another in a heartbeat.