Submitted: 11-07-2011 by schg15
I have paddled this boat since spring 2011, and the more I use it, the more I like it. Most of my experience had been in a Manitou 14 so the Marlin was a big change for me. Initially the boat felt somewhat loose, but after a short period of adjustment and learning to relax in the cockpit that went away. The secondary stability on this boat is great. I have been out in some very windy/choppy water and the marlin handles it with ease. The Marlin turns/handles surprisingly well for a boat this long; putting and holding it on edge was much easier than I expected. I got the boat with the rudder and recommend it. The rudder is not a necessity, but just makes cross winds and rough water a non-issue. The Marlin is fast, comfortable, and most importantly, fun to paddle.