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Submitted: 10-12-2011 by wavespinner
Mine is a later model in carbon/Kevlar. Since the design has evolved over the years, which generation is relevant. I'm 5'10", 185 lbs. with size 11 feet and the boat fits just fine.
It is a fast boat, but don't expect racing boat numbers. The same rocker that gives it remarkable handling also takes away a tad of the velocity. It's designed for real world touring, not the race course. The beam is narrow and tapers quickly to the ends, generating "tippy" and "tender" usage as modifiers in many reviews. It's a paddler's boat. Take command and it responds by handling virtually anything thrown at it. Sitting in it and going along for the ride leads to regrets.
Not a kayak for beginners.
The build quality, hatches, layout of deck lines and skeg operation are all quite good. The outfitting could be better. Toss the seat and build your own out of foam, padding out some knee pockets while you're at it. Mine came with the Henderson foot pump, which I am not wild about. It's easier for me to use a hand variety with good capacity than to extend to reach the foot bulb in pitching seas and keep the boat upright for 60 or so squirts. The pump draws from the forward end of the cockpit so it's a good idea to run a feeder tube to the seat area where the water pools.
The boat rolls easily with the narrow beam and arched deck. While it does extend 18', I wouldn't classify it as a high volume cargo hauler. It's just too narrow and doesn't carry the beam toward the ends. With proper seat location and load distribution, it tracks just fine in the wind.
In spite of the quibbles, I find it an extremely enjoyable kayak to paddle with a rare combination of speed and maneuverability. If you don't mind shouldering the responsibility for stability, it's a touring boat you should test paddle.
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