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Submitted: 08-24-2009 by gnarf

We use our Motion for the second paddling season on the Rhine river in Germany (Large river, partly strong current, choppy waves, lots of barge traffic). During warm season, we are out on the water several times a week. The Motion is our 3rd yak (We own a Necky Gannet solo and a Wilderness Pamlico 135T family boat). What we needed was a fast, robust, easy to handle boat shorter than 5m overall. The Motion has proved a perfect fit.

Summary:
+ Excellent build quality and material, hull as well as the other bits like rudder, hatches, etc.. Better than the Necky and lightyears ahead of the Pamlico
+ Genuinely fast for it's length, while being fairly stable
+ Cockpit is comfortable for people up to 1.85m/90kg. I am 1.8m/77kg. No idea why Prijon markets the Motion for small paddlers only. The cockpit and leg space seems to be about the same size as the seayak's
+ Helpful details like watertight deckbox, cargo nets, two watertight storage compartments
+ Can be paddled and maneuvered when full of water (e.g. after a roll without sprayskirt) thanks to dry storage compartments
- Rudder recommended in high wind. Possibly a result of the big hatch covers
- Possibly not a good sea kayak? (never tested at sea). It tends to dive into bigger waves, front deck is fully flooded where seayak's remains almost dry
- In addition to helpful details mentioned above, some (IMHO) unnecessary ropes and thingys. Seems to be a Prijon thing, they all have it. But this is really a minor point

Overall we are very happy with the boat and would buy it again.

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