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She is fairly quick and can maintain a resonable cruising speed for a good distance. Is very responsive to edging and a blast to turn and shoot through/under river trees and around obstacles (I very rarely use the rudder). Has great storage capacity and easy-to-use hatches. Is very stable (I have put three beginners in this boat and all three had huge smiles on their faces). Is pretty comfortable with the stock roto seat. The rudder system is sturdy and the pully system to raise and lower is very easy to use. And the boat has a fairly dry ride and is confidence inspiring.
Some areas that I could see improving would be the pedal system for the rudders. The adjustment is made with a webbing strap and when new works great and can be adjusted easily on the fly. When the webbing gets a little worn it has a tendency to get "stuck" it the plastic webbing buckle and can make it challenging to adjust on the water. The boat is quick but not fast, however, again,has tons of manuverability.
Minor gripes I know. However, to be a 10 means to be on the top of the pile without exception and I feel that is reserved for boats that have no gripes and additionally exceed expectations and overcome limitations of what was thought possible.
-1 (for not being made of carbon/kevlar)
-1 (for not being as fast as other boats)
-1 (for not being 100% ergonomic)
10s are rare birds in my opinion and as a friendly disclaimer; I think this boat is awesome (one of my favorites) at doing a ton of stuff really well and I would not hesitate to suggest it to someone.
There's plenty of space in the cockpit and the two bulkheads for storage. These kayaks track beautifully (with and without the skegs) and are built rugged to endure bumps and scrapes on rocks and sandy beaches. If I were pressed to make one negative comment, I would have to say that as I'm getting older, it is a little bit harder to lift the 61 pound boat back up on top of the car after long day of paddling. But, I love my "yak " and would never give it up!
The cockpit seemed VERY roomy and the amount of storage was unbelievable. I am 6'1" and 170 lbs. and found the boat size to be just right and easy to paddle. We even clipped the two kayaks together and I was still able to make good headway when I was in the lead. We reversed the order and my wife (5'5" and substantially lighter than myself) was able to give me a rest (albeit brief). I also found that the kayaks were not awfully heavy for their size and the rudders were nice, although not necessary at most times.
There were, however, some issues that prevented the perfect 10. The seat sat a couple inches too low, especially for my wife who kept dinging her elbows on the edge of the cockpit. The seats were also very uncomfortable, hitting sharply just below the PFDs, but this is something that a good seat pad could correct. We would seriously consider these kayaks (especially for myself) if we hadn't found a couple 14' kayaks for less than half the price.