Submitted: 08-13-2007 by Carl in Clearwater
Maybe this boat is a bit on the heavy side, but it is well-made and not cheap to buy retail, but otherwise an excellent all-around boat for anyone, especially novice to mid-level paddler... a great boat to learn on, and NOT outgrow. DO NOT BUY THIS BOAT IF YOU ARE 6 FEET 3" AND WEIGH 240 POUNDS!!! Also, when you buy a pair of shoes, you may want to make sure they are your size. Please note the ONLY two posts that "trash" this great boat... one is from someone much too large for this boat, and they were very anxious to get posted on the internet AFTER they purchased a boat too small for them... strange that they had no similar inclination to use the same internet connection to research this boat BEFORE they bought it by checking the manufacturer's own website, which would have steered them to a different boat.
The other "trasher" (and note, one chose to create a veil of anonymity, and the other [assuming it really was a different individual] only "tested" the boat. Both of these reviews must be viewed against the long-term use by those of us OWNERS who have paddled these boats in all conditions for months and years. I have nothing to sell, and no axes to grind, and these boats are out of production now. Fact is I have owned two of these for 5 years now, and used and abused these boats in all conditions, from glass-flat water, to podium finishes in kayak races, to exploring the Florida Keys from Stiltsville to Bahia Honda, to surfing hurricane conditions in the Gulf, to weaving in between drifting alligators in the Everglades.
I am not anonymous, email me anytime for more info on these great boats. My in-laws own cousins, the 12' Spike, and love the similar design.
Also interesting that the two "trashers" both gave this boat a lowest "1" rating. . . . there are no "2", "3", "4", "5", "6", "7" ratings... all 8, 9, or 10's. I have grave doubts as to authenticity of the "trashers" veracity... perhaps a "sour grapes" competitor trying to beat up the Dolphin. If you find one of these for sale, research and consider it closely. If you don't buy it, email me, because I want a few more of these.