Submitted: 10-13-2006 by gjm50s
This boat rates a solid 10. Its combination of speed, stability, and build quality are just top notch. Comfort is excellent, and I have never gone numb in the V10. This review is written after using the boat in flat to rough chop (2-3 ft) for several weeks. I've had a few years in a Speedster and Mako before this.
The V10 is (according to testing) about 2-3% faster than the Makos on flat water. This makes it VERY fast on the flats. To go faster on the flats pretty much requires a flatwater racing boat. What also impresses me is how fast this hull gets upweather. Downwind it just flies with so little effort.
With me paddling, it is about 7-8% faster than my Epic Endurance on flat water, and much faster up weather. The hull cutouts allow a closer entry, allowing a more powerfully applied stroke. The stability is noticeably better than the Millenium, and way better than a Speedster. There is a very significant advantage for this boat in chop and rough water over the previous generation of fast surfskis.
Weight: The V10 seems to make the stated weight of 23-25lbs. I haven't put it on the scale, but it is lighter than any of my other surfskis by a significant margin.
The rudder is effective, and easy to use. In following seas, the boat seems to track a bit loosely, though. The seat is pretty low, and needs padding up. I am 6'3" and 240lbs, so am about the size this boat appears designed for.
Build Quality: The quality is excellent. The boat is assembled and manufactured with a very high degree of precision and attention to detail. The smooth finish and fit are really great. There are no waves or ripples in the hull like hand made products.
The adjustable footbrace is a welcome feature. Adjustment is pretty easy, and the foot rest is adequate. Molded footwells are obviously more solid, but less versatile. Deck bungies are a nice feature - why don't other surfski maker include these? My boat came with a bag included, which is nice to use when transporting it.
In short, this is a very fast boat with significantly more stability than the previous generation of fast surfskis. It gives up surprisingly little on the flats to K1s, and can handle the rough with much more confidence than previous hulls like the Makos or Speedsters.
If you want to go fast in a wide range of water condition, this is definitely a boat to consider, especially for the large athlete. There is also a low volume version, the V10L for athletes not sized appropriately for the full sized V10.