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Chesapeake

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I have owned my Wilderness System Chesapeake model for over 15…

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I have owned my Wilderness System Chesapeake model for over 15 years now. I have the Kevlar and glass version and have put it through the wringer( one must remember the washing machines of the fifties to relate to what put through the wringer means ) and only have one "ding" to show for the effort. This watercraft is tough, forgiving for the newbies, and looks like new some 15 years after purchase. Everyone loves the comfortable cockpit and ease of paddling. I paid a lot less than you're going to pay now but YOU will get your monies worth with proper care. That just means wash it off after every trip and store it out of direct sunlight. This kayak is a "10" for fly fishing or touring on inland river systems.I love mine and at 66 years of age it would be hard to sell me on any other kayak.

The Chesapeake by Wilderness Systems is a great kayak. It's light weight…

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The Chesapeake by Wilderness Systems is a great kayak. It's light weight and easy to handle, very stable, easy paddling, and tracks well. There's plenty of storage and the large cockpit is easy to get in and out of. In addition to lots of fun for play, it's great for fishing. You can add a pole bracket if you want and catch while just paddling around. There's enough space in the cockpit to put a large bucket for the fish. The Chesapeake works well in ponds, lakes, bays and coastal oceans. In open ocean, it's a little short for breaking the crests smoothly so it's up and down and it can be a slow tiring progress. The Chesapeake is rugged. I've had mine for many years, never needed repairs and it still looks very good.
Overall, it's a great kayak and yes, I did sell my canoe!

This yak is great. I use it on wilderness trips in the…

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This yak is great. I use it on wilderness trips in the Adirondacks. I built a yoke for portaging from pond to pond. I modified it by removing the seat so I could slide my backpack under the rear deck. I added a lighter stadium seat which I remove at campsites to sit on.

This yak is great in streams, rivers and open water. I have paddled in windy conditions and it handles great! My only regret is they don't build them anymore!

I own two of these boats in fiberglass, one for my wife…

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I own two of these boats in fiberglass, one for my wife and one for myself, and love them both. I have taught many non paddles the basics in a very short time and they have enjoyed themselves quickly. Even my 12 year old grandson mastered the basics quickly and enjoyed going on lakes with me. Tracks wonderfully, very stable and user friendly.

At age 65, features of lightweight Kevlar and ease of entering and…

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At age 65, features of lightweight Kevlar and ease of entering and exiting via the large cockpit were very appealing. I have been thoroughly enjoying the Chesapeake Pro several times a week for the last seven months on local lakes, ponds and primarily the Connecticut river in Massachusetts. This is a terrific performing, well designed and user friendly craft. I am ready to sell the canoe.

I bought the Kevlar version. It is very light weight and is…

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I bought the Kevlar version. It is very light weight and is easily loaded on top of the car by one person. I use mine for fishing and it works great. It is very maneuverable and requires little effort to paddle. Not a good boat for rough water. Because the cockpit is so large you pick up alot of paddle drip. I bought a half skirt which eliminated the problem. It also works great as a shelf for fishing tackle and keeps your legs out of the weather.

Lightweight fiberglass boat with large cockpit and opening. Very stable and…

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Lightweight fiberglass boat with large cockpit and opening. Very stable and good for beginner or intermediate. The boat is wonderful in lakes and fairly calm bays - it's fast, glides and tracks well. I don't think it would be terrific for open ocean, too short. it weighs 36 pounds and really easy for one person to handle. I get it on top of a van with no problem. The only complaint is the nature of a fiberglass boat, they're brittle and prone to scratch - but if you're careful in the water it's great.