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Submitted: 06-22-2006 by rider604
Me- advanced beginner level,6'1'' 180. Kayak-Necky Elaho Rudder(must be a 03-04 model) I bought brand new for a nicely discounter price.
The Good: Very versatile-it'll carry a week's worth of stuff easy if you pack relatively light. Speed(not loaded) I do just over 4 mph average touring pace,top speed sprint i managed about 7 mph, maintainable fast pace(for a mile or so) about 5 mph. Unloaded it is very manouverable, loaded still manouvers decent, without using a rudder. Edges nice,very solid when leaned over. Strong secondary stability, in flat water i can put cockpit rim ~3-4 inches under water and still feel in control Handles chop good. I had it in ~1.5-2 ft steady chop with 3 footers mixed in and boat wakes up to 5-6 ft. Stays stable and bow will NOT pearl. Rolls easy. Hatches stay bone dry.
The bad: #1 it weathercocks significantly in quartering seas,though most kayaks do. #2 Quality is questionable-In first couple paddles, all the tethers came untied, neoprene hatch cover split a seam, factory forgot to put nuts on half the rudder mount bolts. The minicell foam glued to the underside of the seat was a bit too much, pushing the hull out a bit and the seat mounting nuts really chewed into the seat plastic.
My modifications to the boat: Got rid of the stock rock hard backband and replaced with a Prijon whitewater backband i picked up at a gear swap. Adressed the seat mounting and foam issues. Installed Seaward gas pedal rudder controls-solid footing is a night and day difference but i had to cut a good chunk out of the pedals to fit, all n all great footing but very mediocre rudder action-tradeoff i was willing to do. And outfitted cockpit with some foam.
All n all-it is good. By no means perfect so it gets 8/10. If i had the money i'd seriously look at the Seaward Cosma, or the fiberglass Elaho, maybe Prijon SeaYak.
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