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I asked for a kayak for Christmas. What do you know, I got this one. Love it. Good storage, tracks well, relatively lightweight. I weigh in at 240lbs at 6'2" so I can't pack all my gear in it for a long trip but nothing against the kayak. Just need a 16ft. I fit well inside and the adjustable seat and foot pedals are great. I've been very pleased and haven't had any issues over the many miles and outdoor storage after 5 years.
The reason I have given it a 7 is because it has developed a couple of leaks below the seat area and have tried multiple things to patch it without result. I just learned the kayak is made of Polypropylene and this plastic is known for not bonding to anything. The bottom of the boat is too thin and have read elsewhere of other people with this problem around the seat area.
I have been out in it 4 times now and am totally happy with it. The seat and foot rests are very comfortable. I haul it in the back of my Ford Explorer with just a few inches of it sticking out the back. I am able to get into and out of it well and find it to be extremely stable. I have been out in calm and slightly windy conditions and the kayak had no trouble at all.
I am a beginner kayaker and am still gaining experience. I think it tracks well and does what I want it to. I give it a 10 for my overall expectations.
We could easily spot the light blue color on the lake. Even when the wind picked up and the lake waves got a little choppy I had no trouble getting it back to shore. My husband and I thought it tracked a bit to the right, but that may have been just our particular boat. We all have big smiles on our faces and plans to buy a tandem kayak, probably another Manatee.