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Aegean

by Ocean Kayak

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The Aegean is an absolute blast. Its big, its roomy , its…

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The Aegean is an absolute blast. Its big, its roomy , its stable and its just tons of fun. Perfect for all conditions including lakes, rivers, bay and especially the ocean. Almost impossible to flip but if it does, just climb back on. If you have a large family or large dogs that you wanna take with you...load 'em all on and head out. This thing will hold your whole family. Ocean Kayak discontinued it but if you can find one on the used market, grab it.

This review is for a discontinued model: The Aegean. I love…

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This review is for a discontinued model: The Aegean. I love it! If you like a long (14') tandem that handles beautifully as a solo or tandem and get the opportunity to find one, I'd highly recommend buying it. I've had mine since 2006 and use in on a salt pond in Rhode Island. It handles any type of wind and current with ease, tracking perfectly, and at 6'8",250 lbs, I'm extremely comfortable with its legroom. It would be a heavy kayak to transport daily...somewhere around 65 lbs.I keep it moored and can even get into it in 8ft. of water with no issues and I'm 62.. It rates a 10 out of 10 to me and our family loves it. I'd love to find another one!

I bought the Aegean used 6 years ago and use it in…

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I bought the Aegean used 6 years ago and use it in a salt pond in Rhode Island to go to the beach and to go clamming. It is a SUPERB kayak and it is terrific as a solo or tandem. It tracks beautifully. Very stable boat and capable of easily handling 400-500 lbs with plenty of room. I don't carry it, as it lives on the waterfront, so I can't address that, although it is @ 65lbs and 14' ... We love it so much,that we're looking to buy another!

This model has been discontinued in the US but there are still…

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This model has been discontinued in the US but there are still a few around. It’s a great yak and I’ll start with the pros.

Pros:
Stable and quick when two are paddling moderately. It’s faster than the Malibu Two XL since its not as wide, but it doesn’t compromise stability. Good storage space to strap gear down. Handles crosswinds and rough water well. Loading is a breeze with two people.

Cons:
Can be a wet time even in calm water. Like most OK models, scupper plugs fix this. It’s advertised for two people and a small child but that’s much too cramped for a day trip. 2 people and 1 small dog is pushing the max. Turning is slow…exactly what you’d expect for a tandem unit. There are no tandems that turn on a dime.

Overall, this kayak is great and I would never part with it. I’ve had it in lakes, streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean and it has never skipped a beat. Like most SOT models, long trips are impossible without a backrest since the molded seats don’t provide any support. It gets a 9 for the lack of any real decent cupholders. The molds aren’t high enough to keep a drink upright in choppy water. And no kayak gets a 10.

The Aegean is very stable, tracks well, and has plenty of space…

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The Aegean is very stable, tracks well, and has plenty of space for passengers and gear. It is easy for two people to lift but if you are alone I would get wheels or a strap. It is surprisingly fast when paddling solo, and is very hard to tip. Plenty of deck space. If you are looking for a tandem that can also be paddled solo and the Malibu II XL isn't fast enough for you, try the Aegean.

Great first kayak. Controlling direction in wind is a challenge but manageable…

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Great first kayak. Controlling direction in wind is a challenge but manageable, my background is canoeing, this is more fun and safer. My wife has fibromyalgia and finds some exercising difficult. She can handle 2 hour trips with ease and loves the ease of entry and excellent stability. We're in our 50's and will use if with our grandchildren. If you want a performance boat get that, all tandems have limitations. The Aegean strikes a good balance of size and performance, if a Malibu XL had been available I may have gone for that - it's 10 lbs. lighter, but shorter with a bit less load capacity. Ocean build quality is quite good. We tie ours onto a Combi-Camp light weight camper and go. It's a blast.

My Pastor and I took some folks from our church for a…

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My Pastor and I took some folks from our church for a day on one of rivers in south Jersey. We rented an Aegean, Malibu Two and a Cobra Tandem. The Agean was the most challenging of the day. It did not track as well as Malibu Two or the Cobra Tandem. We took turns with the other folks in our group and none of us like he Aegean. It was tipped easier and was hard to control. Sorry, but I rented a lot of boats this past summer and this was the worst of them all.

Have owned / saltwater fished this boat since 5-03. Excellent fishing…

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Have owned / saltwater fished this boat since 5-03. Excellent fishing platform w/ all the deck space. Also once LOADED it with gear to paddle / camp on a remote side of a mountain lake so again the deck space and weight limit are big " + " 's. If I had to list a negative it would be tracking in wind when just paddling solo. No prob when its me (270lbs) and another or lots of gear, and not an issue once I'm tied off to some kelp... but otherwise a zigzag from A -B. That being said, it's a great trade for the versatility of this boat. Even if I were to buy another boat, I wouldn't trade this one.

We just bought an Aegean a month ago, and have been out…

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We just bought an Aegean a month ago, and have been out in it twice so far. The positives are: 1) It is super stable; it handles waves and boat wakes very well. 2) Plenty of room; adequate room for gear and the paddles don't hit together. 3) It's lots of fun - I can't describe why it's fun. It just IS!!! 4) It's reasonably fast for its size with both of us paddling, exerting ourselves moderately. And if you really put forth some effort, it moves along quite well.

Now, the negatives: 1) It tracked ok on a still day, but in 10 mph wind it weathercocked terribly and was almost impossible to keep in a straight line. It zig-zagged all over the place. Granted my paddling skills aren't the greatest, but I do just fine in my Cypress in the same conditions or worse. I'm sure it would be fine on moving water but unfortunately, we paddle mostly lakes... so far. 2) I know someone said it was lightweight, but for two women it was heavy but manageable.

It's a wet ride (I've ordered scupper plugs) but that's ok because I like getting splashed, even more so when it's warmer weather. All in all, I would recommend this kayak - it's great for fun on the water.

My husband and I bought the Aegean in May and we have…

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My husband and I bought the Aegean in May and we have used it on the river, the ocean and lakes. It moves along fast and has plenty of room for storage. We use a dry bag and also bring a cooler. We have had great fun this summer. It is also easy to transport.

This kayak tracks nicely, has lots of room (my wife, myself and…

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This kayak tracks nicely, has lots of room (my wife, myself and Lab Retriever are perfectly comfortable for hours), and is extremely stable. Very lightweight and easy to load/unload. Very low price, especially considering its versatility. We have nothing but praise for it.

We were in the market for a Malibu Two, but found the…

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We were in the market for a Malibu Two, but found the brandnew Aegean in a package deal and bought it on the spot. We love the additional space- no more tangling of paddles when you're not completely in sync with your companion-, its increased speed and the better center seat. When the whole family goes to the beach, this boat never stays on land for more than a few minutes. It handles well solo or tandem and even with three teenagers in it. A truly great allround kayak for fun outings along the shore.

If you though the Malibu Two is good or the Scrambler you…

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If you though the Malibu Two is good or the Scrambler you have to get the Aegean, this kayak is great all around! I bought one in October have been using it almost every weekend. (I love it)