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I finished my Borealis XL Kit last week and immediately took it out for a paddle on the Merrimack River. I've been paddling for eight years and went from an inflatable to a sit-on-top to a 14 foot plastic boat to this. It took me over a year to complete it but I was determined to get it in the water this season. It's so much fun to paddle that I'm considering buying a drysuit. I took it on a paddle with a meetup group and got many compliments even with some sanded spots in anticipation of varnish. What a joy paddling a boat I made with my own hands!
I originally bought the boat as I was a quite large guy. In the middle of the build, I had a gastric bypass and lost a whole person's worth of weight. Now I'm looking forward to doing a bit of camping with it.
Fifteen months since final completion, I've lost 30 pounds, and feel stronger than in many years -- mostly due to paddling 3 times a week, 5 to 15 miles each. I even enter races, and surprise people how fast it is -- can keep 5 to 5.5 mph for 8 miles.
I put a Smart track rudder on and I don't like it, so seldom use it. Most of my time is in flat coastal rivers -- I have lots to learn about handling cross-chop and lumpy conditions. Now that I am slimmer, I think I need a narrower boat -- the Borealis is very loose on me. I've tried narrower boats and actually felt more stable because the chop didn't have as much leverage upon me.
I love my Borealis XL even if some day I replace it -- it's moving me from a beginner to an intermediate paddler, and I am having a blast
A beautiful boat. I am really pleased with this kayak. The only issue is the seat, which I am looking for an option...
She tracks nice and can hold two weeks worth of gear. I can fish from it without any problems as it is very stable and wide(25"). I will probably build another Borealis XL this fall for my wife as she is nearly as big as I am! The kit is easy to build, BUT you need to read the assembly book THREE times before you start building it! Follow the instructions to the letter and you will not have any trouble.