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I had initially bought my son a Sundolphin Bali 10...big mistake. Sitting on that boat was like trying to sit on top of a big egg in the water. All I had to do was turn my head one way and over I went. Also the Bali was extremely difficult to flip back over and even more difficult to get back into without flipping it upside again. After watching my son try for about 20 minutes before he was finally able to do it, I decided to return that boat. When practicing flipping, my son was able to flip this Rhumba back over and climb in on the first try. The molded in side and bow/stern handles make a huge difference. They are great.
If you're looking for a fun, lightweight, very stable, well-made, relatively inexpensive kayak without any extra bells or whistles, stay away from the Sundolphins and Pelicans (I have one of those too) and buy this boat!
I have used it on the springs, rivers and the bays of the Gulf of Mexico here in the west central area of Florida and it has performed beautifully on each. We took a camping trip last weekend using the kayaks to go out to island about a half-mile out into the Gulf of Mexico. I only weigh 120 pounds so the others stuck me with the bulk of the camping gear because I was the least likely to breach the maximum capacity. Even with this additional weight the kayak still performed very nicely. It continued to track very well and seemed that the additional weight did not impact the performance of the kayak in any real sense although I did get a bit of the spray from the bow of the kayak smacking the waves. I kayaked the same stretch of the bay on a day where the water was more choppy but without the camping gear on the kayak and did not experience any spray.
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