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Submitted: 03-16-2007 by kelly1369

I recently purchased this Sevylor production model for West Marine. It is styled similar to the RIO but is a bit longer, narrower, and with less curvature of the bow and stern. It has two tracking fins on the bottom which help it keep a straight line while paddling but can't help it from doing the duck spin when you stop. West Marine sells it for $199 and it comes with air pump, bag, and 4 piece paddle. It wasn't listed on their website or catalog but they had it in the store. Its cons are it is slower than a hard shell and better suited for fast water. It has a canvas upper that absorbs water and requires some drying after use. It spins when you quit paddling. The bottom and cushion chambers use the old style pool toy valves and are a pain when deflating. The pros are this a good boat with a 350 pound capacity. It has an included rear storage bag, albeit not a dry bag, that is big enough to store quite a bit, A padded seat with fanny pack and bottle holders add to its storage. It has a tuff denier nylon canvas covering to protect the air tubes. It is comfortable with its full length inflatable floor and additional air cushion under the seat. Light enough to pack and haul around. It has plenty of tie downs, and handles for portages and hauling gear. I only rate it an 8 due to speed and tracking issues. Its closet relative would be the Sevylor Rio.
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