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Easky 17 (RM)

by P&H Sea Kayaks

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After a year of paddling the Venture Easky 17LV has proven to…

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After a year of paddling the Venture Easky 17LV has proven to be a reliable performer in a variety of conditions.

Pros:
Very good primary stability in that it handles waves from any direction predictably.
Seat and seat back are very comfortable, and the seat back is a tad higher than most. The seat back is also adjustable in terms of tension. No back problems whatsoever.
Foot pegs are adjustable easily and solid.
Thigh braces are adjustable.
Deck rigging is ample although I have added some bungees to suit my personal needs, but this was easy to do. Deck lines are solid.
Skeg works like a dream in wind and waves, and any combination thereof. I rarely use the skeg as it tracks very nicely.
Hatches keep things dry most of the time.
Secondary stability is a long way over.
Easy to do paddle float self rescues on due it's stability.
Enough room for a few days worth of gear and food.

Cons:
Seems a tiny bit slower than the average 17 footer but that could be just me. It accelerates nicely when needed.
Turning isn't as sharp as some boats due to the hard chine and hull grooves. Since most of my trips are for distance, this is actually a non-factor.
The skeg pull is located behind the cockpit and is a bit tricky to operate since you can't see it.
The seat back has a function where it can be extended higher. I have not used it as it would interfere with the spray skirt. Might be good for lounging in mid channel.

Overall:
A very stable and well built boat for beginners and intermediate paddlers. Handles all conditions well.

P & H is the (British) parent company of Venture Kayaks which…

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P & H is the (British) parent company of Venture Kayaks which produces the Easky 13, 15 and 17. The kayak has a skeg and British lines. I took one out recently for for a 15 minute demo in calm water. It seemed like a quick, comfortable boat that was not difficult to turn; it also seemed to have acceptable initial stability and rock solid secondary stability. I plan to take one out again in windier conditions later this summer.