Submitted: 04-11-2006 by paul-d
So far I have paddled my 6 week old carbon/kevlar Cat4 (51 lbs) three times this year in CT and one week in the FL Keys. I am a 5' 10", 180 lbs. and 63 year old male that has been paddling for 8 years. I also own and paddle a Meridian SK. The Cat4 rounds out my little fleet well.
The Impex quality is exceptional. The Valley hatches stay bone dry even with frequent rolling. Minimal rocker makes this boat a great tracker with or without the retractable skeg. I have no problem executing tight leaned turns. So far I haven't seen a need to add extra padding to make my fit more secure as I did with my Meridian. At 18' X 20.75" it is plenty fast.
I am looking forward to a fun week of ME island camping with the Cat4.