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Submitted: 05-08-2000 by Chuck

Tried a Necky Pinta today and LOVED it!!!!! Here's the story: If you're a big guy, I mean really big, the choices amongst touring boats are pitifully few. There's the Current Designs Solstice GTHV, the Wilderness Systems Sealution XL, the Pacific Water Sports Thunderbird, the Nimbus Telkwa HV and the Necky Pinta. That's about it. The Pinta is a Necky Looksha IV in XXL and is a GEM! She's beautifully constructed with recessed hatches to prevent spray, a really large (36x19.5") cockpit with a VERY comfortable seat and back-rest. She has Necky's signature Looksha hull-shape with double hard-chine hull. The one I tested (and am gonna buy tomorrow!!!!!!) was a kevlar lay-up with carbon ribs and a wooden (spruce?) keelson to provide additional stiffness to the hull. She comes with Necky's rudder which, tho OK, has foot pedals that control the rudder so you lose bracing when the rudder is down.

She's an incredibly stable boat both in initial as well as secondary stability.The 27" beam makes her feel like a rock at rest, though underway, her hard-chined hull takes over and she becomes even more stable.Here's the surprising part tho. For a boat this BIG, she accelerates like she's on warp dive rather than impulse engines! She's FAST!!!!! And, when put on a lean, she turns on her axis the FIRST time!!!! And without the rudder! Haven't had a chance yet to try her in serious seas, but her solid stability will make me feel real comfortable in doing so!

As a big guy. I've lamented the fact that sea-kayaking seems to be by default a shrimp's sport given the available boats. However, hats off to Mike Neckar for giving us fellow big-guys a boat that'll show all them small folk that size DOES matter! She's every big-man's dream!

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