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Submitted: 07-31-2000 by Roger Biss
Mega Kayaks are unknown up here, but are an English import. My Rapide is very british with a retractable skeg instead of a rudder. I'm enough of a snob that I think I can paddle a kayak without a rudder. I find the skeg eliminates the hassels of a rudder, but gives the performance in following and crossing winds that make this boat a pure pleasure to paddle. I bought it on the recommendation a friend, without ever sitting in it in the water. I took it to Acadia and paddled in a variety of conditions including a 20knot wind. I could find no faults with the boat. Best of all it has a swirl blue deck that looks great. The price was right also at about what most people are paying for plastic boats. Oh I forgot to mention the two hatches are easy to use and superbly water tight.
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