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Submitted: 10-07-2008 by riverstrider
I've now had this boat for a year, and paddled it in many conditions, and every time I take it out I like it even more! On rivers, the SRT excels; it glides easy over flatwater and is very responsive, handling sharp meandering turns with ease, especially if heeled over. It felt rock solid on Class II drops, as well as some sharp drops over beaver dams. The light weight encourages travel down streams where lifting over obstacles (trees, beaver dams) can be expected.
It also does quite well on lakes. I've paddled it nearly empty (just a camp chair and lunch in the bow for trim) into a 20 mph head wind and 2 foot rollers, and was able to keep up nicely with the kayaks, although the high sides do catch the wind a bit. Loaded down with gear, the SRT charges into the wind with ease, deflecting waves to the side and staying very dry. It is a dream to paddle on flat windless lakes while loaded with gear...it wanders a bit unloaded. It is VERY trim sensitive...if the wind switches around on you, be prepared to redistribute gear to adjust your trim. A sliding seat like a Swift Osprey has would be a good addition to this boat if you paddle it empty a lot.
The reinforced construction in the floor gave me peace of mind transporting it on a Canadian Boat Walker portage cart, loaded with gear...no flexing in the floor at all.
Finally, the boat can even be poled! It takes some getting used to, very twitchy, but one you get used to the degree of heeling you can do with the boat without any step-outs, it becomes a fun boat in the shallows.
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