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Submitted: 07-24-2012 by Steve Naylor
I've had a scorpio for a couple of years now as a contrast to my composite Nordkapp. There is some pleasure to be had with the primary stability of the Scorpio and it is a far more pleasant boat for photography and rock hopping. Main paddling area is NW Scotland. On the other hand, it does not have the same speed or bomb proof performance of the Nordkapp in extremis. It seems to depend on the skeg to a much greater extent, and this is probably the weakest feature of the boat. Nice idea, but it is a lot more trouble than the 10 year old wire system on my valley boat. Having knocked a few holes in the composite boat over the years I do often default to the Scorpio. If the skeg fin was more laterally rigid (in extreme conditions I think it bends over ) and the mechanism more reliable this would be a superb boat. I weigh 95kg and it needs a fair weight, otherwise go for an LV. The backrest can also get in the way when doing re entry and roll or other rescues. Deck hatch is not waterproof from the cockpit side but a nice size. Cockpit coaming not the most defined for spraydeck security (especially if using a Reed aquatherm deck - get double elastic). Would be a 9 if the skeg was reliable. Apparently karitek can cut the skeg box off and fit another for £200. Slightly concerned about having a new bonded box rather than integrated moulded one so will wait another year or two before cracking and changing this (plus annoying to have to spend the ££s).
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