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Submitted: 10-20-2007 by Easkydude
After an Easky 13, a Capella RM166 I finally decided to take the plunge as a committed sea kayaker and buy a state of the art boat. The Quest LV is that boat. I got my one with a carbon/kevlar clear gelcoat hull, and a metallic blue deck. Cost here in the UK was £2,100 (discounted from £2,450)
The boat, after my last Capella RM166, is a revelation. It edges beautifully, doesn't weathercock, rolls easily and has brilliant storage compared to the Capella (extra 1 ft long), it's VERY light compared to plastic and ultra stiff, and accelerates and cruises with ease. Hatch covers are super light and totally waterproof.
The boat is marked as LV, but at 5'7" and 200lb I'm not Low Volume(!). Many others have commented on UK sites that it's really best suited to >10st people. It's also marketed as a "day/play" boat for bigger people, so really it'd be best to try before you buy.
I found that with standard seadog footrests they were fully extended (I must have long legs even though I'm short) so I don't know how a 6ft+ person would fit in it! I've removed the footrest assemblies altogether and put in a 3" thick full minicell bulkhead as a footrest- much more comfy and less weight/volume in the cockpit. The boat is excellent now and it was like getting a boat with a custom front bulkhead having it that close from standard.
The only problems I've had with it were from the start - a leaking stern toggle and skeg cable, plus a poorly finished keel strip at the skeg area.
Here's a link to the details I left on a UK forum:
P & H really needs to sort this out, many others I know have had similar problems - poorly fitted seats, finishing etc and it's really not acceptable.
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