Submitted: 06-05-2008 by laura
The Phoenix is a VERY comfortable boat if you get a good seat. Having both hatch and open storage is a major benefit. Closed hatch to keep things dry (with dry bag) and a very large open storage behind the seat for cooler or anything you want to access easily. The boat is not the fastest but better than most other SOTs.
The trylon material should perform a lot better than rotamold down the line as the deep scratches a rotomold will suffer will create drag and slow the boat down. My husband and I were first considering a shorter boat but decided on a 14' because it tracks straighter and glides longer. They say you lose a little maneuverability but if so it's hardly noticeable and definitely worth the speed/efficiency you gain!
One thing to note, if you're over 180 pounds, you might want to use scupper plugs to keep the water out. The heavier you are, the wetter the boat will get.This is a good boat to consider for the price of a rotomold! There are several places to try before you buy. Estero River Outfitters has tons of boats, really nice, knowledgeable employees and a beautiful, calm river to test on.