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When people are around I always pygmy kayak.net comments on what a great looking kayak it is. Even my young grand kids love the kayak.
Building it wad easy & fun. Starting another model now.
The Arctic Tern handles beautifully in all conditions that I have encountered. It is also very light, about 37 lbs. and easy to lift onto my car top rack. It is visually a beautiful boat, a real standout among all the plastic and fiberglass boats. Wherever I am paddling the Arctic Tern always gets compliments.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I am now 70yo and back to my original weight also my camping and racing days are nearly over. I mentioned that I loved the Tern, he said he wasn't using it and agreed to return it.
After owning many kayaks, I can say that nothing comes close to the 14 as a day boat.
I am very fortunate to get it back.
The reason I've added my review, is to tell those 215 LB, 6'3", size 13 shoe folks out there that this is a great boat for you too. It will ride a little lower in the water and you'll have your feet pointing outwards, but I have spent hours in the boat without being permanently crippled.
Of my 4 kayaks, this is the one I grab 90% of the time, and whatever the conditions, with this boat I'll have fun 100% of the time.
It was an easy & satisfying build, except for the endless sanding. Spent as much time on sanding/varnishing as I spent putting the entire kayak together. But it is a beautiful and functional object. Have had it for three years and it's my all time favorite possession. We have rocky shores here, and the hull has proven very durable. Maintenance is no big thing. Get one of these AT14's. Don't put in hatches. Make sure your feet fit. You will be happy.
It has a faster cruising speed than most of the Pygmys and rated as one of the most efficient kayaks period at normal cruising speeds. It is much faster than my long boats in very shallow water and I use it almost daily in and around the mangroves. It was designed by request of the Tsunami Rangers so there is very little that this boat can’t handle. Although limited on top speed this is a great day tripper or club boat. I am 5”11 and 170lbs. and I confer this is near the top range, although it is rated near 300lbs. I have now added a Tern 17 for my multi-day trips.