Submitted: 08-20-2007 by sanddune
We paddled the 14 foot version at a symposium this summer and liked it, but felt it didn't have enough freeboard for our weight and gear. So we tried the 16 footer and bought it two weeks ago and it lives up to it's claims of being stable and super comfortable.
We have spent several long days fishing and paddling it and can't believe the comfort and ease of getting at gear. With the seats out it's just barely at our limit for loading on the roof. The snap on covers are doing a good job of keeping our gear cool and covered but they are not easy to take on and off. My husband says he wishes the sides were a wee narrower in back for a more natural paddle stroke but we can still get this big boy to cruise when we want to. We haven't hooked each other while fishing (yet)and think we might have in the 14 footer.
Dealer told us there were seat bags coming which would be nice to keep stuff off the floor. Our four hour trip down the Manistee was great and we had no trouble going through the tight S bends of the upper sections. We are used to nice day touring boats so of course the Ultimate 16 feels slow by comparison but we were looking for a comfortable ship to pack up for fishing and birding and are very pleased with the Ultimate 16. Our only complaint were the footbraces would not lock in place but the dealer replaced them and they now work great.