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Submitted: 10-25-2011 by TS
I have been taking note of many comments about kayaks on the market that have been manufactured out of Thermoformed ABS. I have now paddled two such kayaks 1) Barracuda Beachcomber 2) Hurricane Tracer 165. These kayaks were put through their paces in surf, wind v tide chop and flat water. I found both hulls to be extremely flexible with alot of sag from North to South. The claims by the manufacturers of these kayaks that they are light and stiff when comparing them to traditional composite kayaks is absurd. How can you have a sea kayak weighing 17kgs and still stiff through the hull. it would have to be made out of full carbon. I have a fibreglass sea kayak that is almost 14 years old and it is much stiffer than both of these kayaks in the hull. You wouldn't cycle on a bike with a frame made out of licorice would you.
Don't get conned first time buyers!! Kayaks made out of thermoformed plastic are nothing but cheap rubbish that cost the earth and deliver very little. They are good for one thing though. You can depress the centre of the hull with your hand and make them sound like a Rolph Harris wabble board.
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