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Submitted: 01-22-2007 by leaf-peeper
Must admit, she sure is kind of sweet looking little boat huh? Looks arenít everything though. The tracking ability of this boat just isnít there. The boat will pretty much track straight if your going along a >decent< clip. But, slow down or back off a bit to take in the sights and youíll find sheíll veer off to one direction or the other (more often to the left for us). Even in calm, quite flat water, without a hint of a breeze itíll still do this, even pull just short of a 90-degree turn (wow!). I checked the hull with string line and found that she was straight as an arrow. So I went and put a rudder on ours, hoping it would fix things, well not quite. Seems this 12í foot boat is just too short to have a rudder on it. You can feel the resistance and loss of efficiency with the rudder with each paddle stroke; hear that obnoxious click-clack noise in the rudder pivot pin too. And that Extra-Sport seat looks so much better than it really is. You soon find yourself shifting your butt around to try and get comfortable, but never do. I was amazed on just how much noise this boat made cutting through the water. Found myself constantly looking back at my wife, hearing the water breaking of the bow of her boat and thinking she was going to run me down. This boat feels and acts like itís nose heavy, itís definitely has got some serious hull design issues. Why Old Town canned the Castine and the old Castaway, I guess weíll never know (maybe they just didnít look as pretty, huh?). Well, ours is gone now. Felt a tad dishonest selling it and knowing what piece of wonderment it never was. Donít go and give me any lip for doing it, least Iím spreading the word about it.
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