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Submitted: 07-11-2006 by VK
This rating applies mostly to flat-water use.
The boat is very nicely made. We checked the weight and, indeed, 32#. It's easy to carry on the shoulder. Set up is a bit more work with the high pressure floor but it's quite rigid for an inflatable. The seats are nice but the back rest is a bit lower than I'd like.
As a solo boat it works well (for an inflatable) but you must use short strokes (especially starting out) or the boat will spin right around. This is no sea kayak. The rudder would probably help a lot. It's not that easy to steer but managable and it's reasonably fast. It's very stable.
With two people, I recommend using canoe paddles. You can paddle closer to the side (inparting less spin on the boat) and you can use it as a rudder without hitting your mate in the head. Yes, you could use kayak paddles with a more vertical stroke but, since there's no deck, you'll get very wet.
The boat can be used with two full sized adults but it does ride lower in the water and you will have some waves splash into the boat. It feels very safe but it's wet in rough water. Even moving the seats as far apart as you dare, the rear paddler's feet are touching the back of the forward seat so it's a bit tight.
Folding up the boat is more work because there is usually quite a bit of water trapped under the floor so it all needs be removed to drain it and wipe dry for storage.
Overall, I think it's a pretty good solo boat and OK as a double if you don't mind being a little cramped and maybe getting wet when the water is rough. It's a good camping boat. It's very compact and could be used for fishing etc. Other reviewers Have mentioned putting some foam under the seat to raise it up out of any puddle that may form. Good idea.
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