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Submitted: 03-25-2013 by PJ

Having recently disposed of my Chilco, I feel confident to add my name to a review.
    PROS:
  • Very well built (Made in Canda)
  • Excellent outfitting
  • Huge storage volume
  • Fast
  • Nice to look at(?)

    CONS:

  • Very very tippy (I had to put one bag of cement in a Sealine bag in both the front and rear compartments to have any kind of primary stability.
    I only weigh 175-178lbs.
  • Gas pedal foot controls for the rudder
  • Thigh pads were too far forwards and required me moving the seat forwards which made me move the pedals forwards which made the recessed deck fittings get in the way.
  • Slow to turn. Even when using the rudder and bracing.
  • No rocker. Waves just swept right through (and I'm not talking big stuff).
Conclusion:
This is a very well built kayak designed for week long expeditions. But for day outings, having to ballast the kayak is a real drag. I also had zero confidence taking it out in kind of fun to nasty conditions. In the end, I went back to my old brand (Valley Kayaks) and bought the Etain with skeg. From now on I'm sticking with British style sea kayaks.
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