Submitted: 07-29-2010 by pjb
Well, first to the good points:
- At 8' this boat is easy to carry without the investment in a rooftop system. This is the shortest of the kayaks we own and I still often choose this one for a solo float even though we now have the rooftop system because of its very low transport hassle factor.
- It is surprisingly quick and tracks better than one might expect for a short sit-on-top kayak.
- Because of its short size it is very easy to maneuver.
- Unless you are a larger person, you don't need to be too concerned about its stability. It may be small, but it's a rock.
- Seat is comfortable (relatively).
I certainly don't regret buying this kayak and have enjoyed using it because of its good points. I would most recommend it for a single person with a wagon, SUV, or crossover vehicle who doesn't want to invest in a rooftop system. I think it would also be good for a city dweller as it would store easily inside of an apartment and probably be able to be carried in many elevators. It would also be a very nice summer kayak for older children and teenagers who aren't too large or heavy.
- Unless you are fairly small and light (say 140 lbs. or less), you are likely to be sitting in some water during your entire float. This makes the boat mostly suitable for warm weather only.
- Although I use it for floating and fishing, its short length makes paddling and carrying a rod a bit more difficult than it would be on a longer kayak. The same comment goes for changing bait and/or lure while floating.
- The eyelets are cheap plastic making them vulnerable to breaking. One of the pull handles broke off fairly quickly without much strain. Metal eyelets would likely help this problem.