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The Santee is quite fast and tracks well even in somewhat turbulent coastal water. Furthermore, the customer service at Hurricane is outstanding. When my girlfriend's Santee was badly cracked during transportation, she received a lengthy email with detailed instructions on options for doing the repair.
The kayak's weight is due to the use of Trylon for it's construction. Repair required special preparation and materials and it was all detailed for us. They offered free material and parts. I'm so glad that I purchased a Hurricane.
My only complaint is the high back seat back. It makes self rescues and recoveries more difficult and is also uncomfortable for me. Fortunately the seat back is removable without modification and was easily replaced with a NRS backband. The toe room is tight. If you have feet larger than size 11 you will be bare-footing.
It was very stable and very well manufactured. And light. But it did not track well for any of us, and that aspect was very frustrating. This year we traded the kayak for a Hurricane Tampico 135L and that is a much more satisfactory boat. For the first time, my wife feels that she can actually control the boat and is enjoying our trips together, rather than always complaining about the tracking of the boat.
It does really well. I can track straight in it, and it does pretty well in all the environments I have had it in. I do wish it had a little more seat to it though.