Submitted: 10-24-2008 by oregonpaddler
Here's my third review for the rotomolded Cayuga 146.
There was a manufacturing problem on my Cayuga, which through some diligence and help from the folks at Old Town, was corrected. I've had this "transitional kayak" on the sea off the Oregon coast on a twelve mile paddle through moderate swells, down class III trips on a local river and am convinced it's an excellent choice for anyone from a beginner who doesn't want to pay for an upgrade a year or two down the road, to an experienced paddler who wants a good boat that can handle nearly everything that's in it's way.
There's good dry storage, a nifty little storage area at the front of the cockpit, and a very nice seat. But the best thing about the Cayuga is the shape of the hull. Read about it on the website--they explain it better than I can.
This is a FAST boat, easy to paddle, easy to maneuver, easy to load and indestructible. Spend another eight hundred or a grand for a composite boat and cringe when you rake the hull across a rock. Or, spend much less, get a killer ride and when that rock scratches the plastic, shrug your shoulders and tell yourself there's another scar with a story.
Old Town's been at it for a long time and they stand behind their products. I have a Dirigo and Loon in the garage and a new 130 Cayuga on order. Enough said.