Submitted: 11-11-2010 by lovesgear
This yak is the perfect size if you are looking for a hybrid/crossover model. Sleek good looks, not too big but, big enough to handle the open lake and keep up with the big boys.
But, what I like best about this boat is it’s efficiency. Every stoke you expend goes directly into the boat. While coasting at a relaxed rate in calm water you can take a pause between strokes and just glide for a while; take another few strokes and glide some more. From a dead stop you can reach cruising speed quickly—little wasted energy... exactly what a yak should be. This boat handles rough water quite well but, has a tendency to cut right through waves instead of riding them.
This kayak is also extremely good in the wind, probably due in part to it's low profile. The wind just doesn't seem to affect it. Secondary stability is also quite good but, there is no definite point where you can ride on edge. You just reach a point of no return—a quality I don't like. I prefer a hard chine.
One complaint I have was a leak in the front hatch but, it was an easy fix. The circular hatch rim is riveted to the deck and had no caulking. I caulked it myself and now both hatches are bone dry even when submerged. This should have been done at the factory and looks bad on the manufacturer.
Outside of a few quality issues, I am very satisfied with this craft.
- Poor quality control—made in China.
- The bottom could be more rigid.
- The seat is cheap and is already starting to fray on the back rest.
- Great efficiency, good speed.
- Nice manageable size, great lines and good looks.
- Good initial stability, very good secondary stability.
- Very good overall design and performance characteristics.
- Light weight: 45lbs with rudder