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Submitted: 08-14-2006 by MS
Wonderful little boat, for flat water it is very stable and tracks well. Many a hard shell kayaker has asked us about the boat. Had a very nice weekend with my family and this boat and one other inflatable. The packages offered by some are good values IMO, but substitute for the basic paddle and at least move up to the AE K-light or other breakdown paddle lighter and more functional than the basic AE 3lb+ paddle.
Improvements in the valves in 2006 models are very welcome. Wish some other manufacturers would take heart and wherever possible get rid of the "pool toy valve" in inflatables.Included foot pump is great to take with you stuffed into a bag in the front of the boat if solo. But to inflate/deflate the boat a high volume hand pump sure is nice to have!
Only a few little quirks are why I don't give this little inflatable boat a 10:
- no convenient way to drain the boat short of a pump or sponges. Integrating a drain plug or just a way to release the cover in some spots to turn and drain the boat(like the "shoelace stitching" on the Sevylors for instance) would be nice.
- nice to have a built in way to adjust position of rear paddler for solo trips short of forcing legs under the cover. We took another boat seat and put it behind the Dragonfly's to move the person forward. Straps on the seat allow one to move long way forward.
- manual could be a bit more inclusive of hints/tips. It's pretty sparse.
Seems that AE included many refinements on the Advanced Frame line, however there still is a place for a lighter boat such as the Dragonfly, either the solo version or the tandem version.
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