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I picked up one on sale for $229. I consider myself an experienced paddler that has paddled both canoes and kayaks for over 25 yrs, so keep that in mind. I started out launching the Journey on a small river and paddled a half mile against the current with the wind in my face. For a 10 ft sit on top, it passed that test with no problems. When I turned around and paddled with the current I was smiling ear to ear. I was able to go super fast, stop and hold the kayak still and spin around at will. She went exactly where I wanted her to, all the while being extremely stable. I had no problems with tracking at all. Sure, my feet and butt were a little bit wet but that's to be expected when paddling. I haven't used it to fish yet so I can't comment on those features but the swivel rod holder is in a good spot and I like the fact that the rear storage compartment is easily removable. Great kayak for the money.
LOVE MY NEW KAYAK ! ! ! ! !
This is my second year with my Sundolphin Journey 10 SS. It took a bit of getting use to but I love every butt soaking minute on the water.
First, i would like to say that all kayaks smaller than 14 feet track weird and I say this because I got used to my brothers 14 ft kayak and then purchased a 10ft kayak. The 10ft kayak I got was lifetime angler it tracked differently than a 14ft kayak and once I figured it out I fell in love with it. I now have 10ft kayaks for my whole family plus I just got a Journey 10 ss that you ride on top of for free on a pallet I got from a wholesaler for 250 bucks. I have tested it out on the water and found no issues with it tracking left it goes where I want it to. the drain plugs don't let me get wet by allowing water in the kayak I, of course, don't excede the weight limits or even come close to it which may be the reason some of the reviewers are getting soaked. The tipping issue is a personal thing because I can freely move around on this with no concerns of tipping over. the dry storage it good for exactly that license and cell phones along with food and has easy access.
Great kayak! I've only had I a few months but I haven't had any problems. I've turned it completely on its side and it righted itself without flipping me in the water. It does great in the river or lake. You can take motor boat wakes straight on or from the side without any issues. At first I had the problem of it pulling left with me then I read about how to control that by foot pressure. I'm still learning that technique but I'm doing much better. For the people that complain about getting wet...don't you intend to get wet when you get in the water? That's one the main reasons I go to the lake or river--cool off on a hot summer day. Seriously, after owning this kayak for a few months and just now reading some of these reviews, I must say I think some of these people writing reviews didn't know what to expect from a kayak. It's a great kayak! We've had tons of fun and plan to do more before winter hits. I do agree that the back compartment is hard to open and close but seals tight if it is closed correctly. That is the only negative to this kayak.
Kayak did not have plugs. Manager said it didn't need the. That there is a certain amount of water supposed to be in bottom of boat. Ha. I laughed at them. They said it was a self bailer. So now if have to find plugs. Going to bass pro shop.
When I first bought this kayak I was very disappointed. I use the dry well behind the seat to hold drinks while on the water and primarily fish while on the kayak. The problem I found was you instantly tip once you attempt to turn around and get into the dry well. I ended up buying some pvc and designed my own outrigger for under $30 and was done in less than an hour. It looks corny as hell but I can do whatever I want in it now...turn around, fish, or even stand up while casting. It now has incredible stability and is practically impossible to flip. I recommend to everyone who enjoys fishing without wanting to tip over to do the same. If your not willing to however this may not be the kayak for you when it comes to fishing...to tippy all by itself
The price is right, it floats, but thats where it ends.
First of all, this thing does not track well at all. It keeps veering to the left. Pretty unstable too. Lastly, the self bailing scuppers are terrible. I went out over the weekend and my cheeks were soaking wet within the first noine minutes. Good luck finding scupper plugs that fit this thing.
Word of advice. If you are thinking about buying this kayak because of the price, save your money and hit em' with the hein with something better.
I bought two of these for my 14 and 11 year sons for $200 each from Home Depot, yes Home Depot. I will admit right off the slow speed tracking sucks but they handle like a go cart on the water. The youngest turns his on a dime and negotiates obstacles with ease on flat water, we have not tried any harder currents yet. I wish I would have bought a Journey 12 for the older boy, but he can live with this for a while since he is not as into it as me and youngest. We have built a skeg or sorts for his which made the boat go straight as an arrow but made it hard to turn, we are still working on a final design.
I am 47, 6'1" and 250lbs, I found the boats to be wobbly but they have great secondary stability and you have to work to flip. None of the dry storage is exactly watertight but with some silicone and thought about what you put in them they are pretty good. They are great platforms for modifications like anchor trolleys, LEDS and other accessories.
It's plenty stable and has enough room in the cockpit that I can float fish live minnows with my spinning rod using the front rod holder to keep it in place and use my bait-caster for casting and retrieving artificials at the same time.
For the price it's a good and easily affordable kayak to start fishing with. Better to make mistakes that leave dinks, scratches and other beginner mistakes in a 300 dollar kayak than one three times as much or more
If you are looking for a fishing kayak, this isn't it. Had I taken the time to read others' reviews on the Sundolphin Journey I would have avoided it. There are more than a few quality alternatives from other manufacturers. Now I am stuck with this psuedo-kayak as even though the SunDolphin is in new condition, Dunham's sports store refused to simply exchange it for something usable. Dunhams headquarters has completely ignored my several attempts to contact them.
Don't be a fool like me. Do your research and don't rely on store employees for information unless its respectable/specialty shop.
My balance is not very good but I find this boat plenty stable. I use it for fishing small lakes and rivers.
I don't really care for the front rod holder because it doesn't fit tight in the socket, and it's a noisemaker. Also you can only point the spinning rod in a couple positions. I wouldn't trust it to hold my rod if a decent fish hit. That will be replaced.
For the price I feel it's a good buy, and would make the purchase again. It fits my needs and I've added a depth finder, an anchor trolley and a small battery box. At this price I don't feel bad about drilling holes (above the water line) to add fishing accessories.
-you need to plug the scupper holes or else you'll be wet.
-Doesn't track super well, but hey, we're kayak fishing, not navigating class 5 rapids.
- Paddle Sucks
-Super light and easy to load. I've used this thing around 50 times and that's mostly due to the fact that I can use it easily and without hassle. The best kayak is the one you use.
-Inexpensive, even at full price its not a bad buy for a beginner.
- Good storage for its size. I like the large rear storage compartment. it fits a lifejacket, tackle bag and whatever other random crap I bring.
All in all, its a great starter fishing kayak for the money. You don't need to break the bank to catch fish. I routinely out-fish dudes on the flats who are sporting $3000 kayaks, while my grungy self is in the Sun Dolphin catching fish after fish.