Submitted: 06-05-2008 by PokeCheck
Just purchased the Pelican Pursuit 140 about a week ago, so consider this an early review... I have 2 Pelican Pursuit 100 DLX (aka Esprit 100 DLX). The Pursuit 140 is 14' long and 28" wide and weighs about 56 lbs making it a little on the hefty side. The boat has a very roomy cockpit that would be especially good for larger paddlers and is rated to carry up to 450 lbs. It has a white hull with a bright blue deck, elastic tie downs on the bow and aft, a handy elastic paddle securement spot on the right that makes it easy to temporarily stow your paddle, a water bottle space in front of the seat, carrying handles on bow and aft, a drop-down skeg (keeps you going straight; not a rudder), and a rear deck water-resistant (not waterproof) compartment.
I've only had the boat out 3 times so far, once in very high winds on a lake and the rest on a slow river. Compared to paddling my 10' Pelican kayak, the Pursuit 140 is definitely heavier and less maneuverable. However, it also tracks very straight, particularly with the skeg down. If you need to cover a lot of "ground" fast, this is a pretty handy vessel. I found myself just paddling along with little thought about keeping straight and stayed magically on course. Many smaller boats require special attention or technique to paddle straight. The Pursuit 140 makes it easy.
It is tougher to handle out of the water: carrying, getting onto a car top, securing, driving in high winds, etc. If you're small/petite, this isn't a boat for you -- if you are small, there are many lighter touring boats (with smaller cockpits) that may fit your needs better.
A good value so far. Seems rugged. Probably not my choice for running tricky white water, but seems like a capable touring/cruiser.