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Submitted: 12-10-2013 by kgb
The XP 18 is not the only kayak I paddle. I love it for it's dry fast and stable ride and also for the amount of kit it can carry. Yes it is a sea kayak you need to look after and not just throw about. It is definitely not a play boat. Gel coat will chip off easily but without star cracking.
It really shines on extended touring and covering distances. Quality of construction is nearly perfect with accessories and fittings of the highest quality. The rudder is simple effective and easy to fix/service. Body contact with the top deck is limited due to the high front long and wide cockpit that on the other hand permits paddling with both knees up as per K1 position. Edging the boat is easy but rolling requires more effort.
Top deck cataways permit aggressive high angle paddling.
Skeg is fairly easy to operate/ service/replace and support from the factory is swift and direct. Difficulty in placing spare paddles on deck with it's bungee chord configuration. If anyone has an idea on how to do it please share.
Generally I'm very happy with it and I love paddling it on selected trips.
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