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Submitted: 07-20-2006 by hhmt
I ordered the NC17 with some trepidation about shipping from Washington state to Minnesota, but I needn't have worried. It made the trip with no problem. The carrier who delivered it would have stayed to see me open the well-constructed corrugated "box" if I had given him half a chance! So far, I have not taken this model to the "ultimate" test (Lake Superior) but 90% of the paddling that I do is inland lakes, and it has performed well there... no rudder/no skeg. Because of the hull design, I've learned to always use a sprayskirt in anything except deadcalm water. I do a lot of edging (it edges nicely) to turn and to reduce weathercocking (minimal) as needed, but with a stiff 3/4 20 mph wind at your back, you definitely want a skirt, because when put on edge you will take on some water. This is NC's "light fiberglass layup" so I can carry it by myself, in a pinch. I'm a 55 year old female, approx 180 lbs, so I really should be able to carry it! The feature I thought might be a little strange (the rub-rail) turns out to be a great asset, especially when going down steps or steep embankments. It makes it real easy to lift overhead, because the rail affords a place to grip the boat. I haven't packed yet for extended camping. I like the style of hatch (screw in) but openings are a little smaller than average and it may take some creativity to load. Seat is comfortable, although I added a 1/4 inch foam pad. Foot braces are strong & rigid, and I have good contact with the deck without thigh braces. I haven't mastered a roll, so I can't comment on that aspect of handling. Great looking custom paint job...yellow to lime green. Eye-catching! The boat feels really solid even though it is light weight. I don't feel like I have to "baby" it at all. If I were to do over again, the only thing I would do differently is I would not order the "extra" front bulkhead hatch.Too difficult to reach the hatch cover from the cockpit. Or maybe I just have short arms! Elizabeth from Minnesota
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