Submitted: 07-11-2012 by lackge
Expensive boat with several unacceptable design problems.
On the plus side, the XP-9 is a very pretty boat, so your photos of it should look real good. The plastic material seems to very durable and strong and should take a lot of punishment. And, you should be able to buy one on the used boat market at bargain basement prices. In fact, I'll sell you mine...
- Back band offers no lumbar support. Paddling becomes painful in less than an hour.
- Add-on accessory back rest is made with a flimsy overly flexible piece of plastic that provides a bit more back support but makes use of neoprene spray skirt impossible.
- Hatch leaks in spite of repairs and inspection by the dealer.
- Hatch cover is held on by a pathetic, cheap piece of rubber that broke the first day the boat was put into the water.
- The two 7-ft linear channels molded into the underside of the hull make the boat difficult to turn in moving water, although it will spin readily in calm water. In shallow, rocky rivers such as most of ours in Texas, the channels hang up on most rocks when the boat is moving laterally to the current over rocks.
- Boat is very slow, and the bow plows when paddling hard.