Submitted: 11-01-2006 by JL
Takes a great deal of load, one adult two kids and + all fishing gear & provisions. Square centre hatch is large enough to load even camping gear inside the hull where they stay snug and dry. Very stable on the water and gives a comfortable platform for those long leisurely days in the sun just fishing and playing in the water. Has got a sufficient number of rod holders that are well positioned so that you can reach them without getting up from your seat.
On down side it isn't too great to paddle. At slow phase it is reasonable, except for keeping the direction, but attempt to get any speed and you just end up tiring yourself up. It doesn't maintain the speed so as soon as you stop paddling it stops. The bottom of the hull is not sleek but has several dents in it. I actually thought first that mine was damaged or faulty but apparently that's the way they come. Pretty much explains the poor direction and gliding in the water. As the hull is just one big compartment, stuff tends to shift around and sometimes gets wedged at the very rear of the kayak. Can't get it out without lifting and shaking the boat around. The big centre hatch with single compartment design is also a safety risk. If you get dumped while the hatch is open the whole thing may sink.
Over all it is pretty much what I expected and wanted apart for the poor finish. I'm sure that if they'd fix the production process to make the hull sleeker it would improve the kayaks performance in the water significantly. If you are planning to go just few hundred meters out and spent day fishing and swimming it is a great platform. If you are planning to do some serious kayaking trips you may want to look at some other brands.