Submitted: 07-20-2007 by gregj
This is a pseudo racing kayak, 17" wide, and 18'6" long. It is about as fast as a K1 trainer in a straight line. Turning is marginal, controlled by a tiller connected to an under-hull rudder. Stability is lower than say a Laser or Razor, but not as tippy as an all out K1. Seating is a platform seat, fixed height, with fore and aft trim.
My boat is in fiberglass and REALLY heavy. It seems to be over 50lbs. The bulkheads offer a degree of safety when the inevitable capsize happens with a boat this tippy. Build quality is very high, with a smooth finish, and solid components. This is typical Nelo. Entry / exit is pretty tough, and requires a dock, because of the very tight cockpit.
I got this boat as a clearance item for a very aggressive price. Overall, it is a pretty reasonable training boat. It is very solid (a plus compared to other performance boats). Acceleration is pretty marginal, it rides wakes and waves pretty well.
The weight and small cockpit are why I knock this down to a 6. Otherwise, it would probably be an 8 or 9.