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Submitted: 03-17-2014 by trvlrerik
Purchased the boat as a spare single use and for when kids or inexperienced paddlers want to come out for a ride. Construction and outfitting is better than a typical recreational kayak, for non back band seats they are reasonably adjustable, they can interfere with full rotation if you are used to a back band. The seating is very much like an easy chair, comfortable, just a little to much padding in my opinion. Stern seat adjusts to allow for a single paddler to maintain proper balance in the boat.
As a single, the boat was much faster than anticipated for such a wide heavy boat, glide was also better than anticipated. As a single the boat is very controllable, and tracks on rails, turning is not a huge problem for those with proficient paddling skills, non experienced paddlers may need to install a rudder for assistance in turning. A rudder is not needed in my opinion as a tracking aid.
With experienced paddlers, as a tandem it again, is faster than anticipated but glide suffers with the additional weight. For such a short tandem a small paddler may not interfere with the strokes of the rear paddler, so when a child is in the front synchronized padding is not essential. Both tandem and single this boat offers a very dry and "quiet" ride not splashing when cutting waves, or pushing a noisy bow wake often associated with SOT tandems.
As an entry level recreational tandem it is (in my opinion), in the top of its class. If it offered back band seating, a front sealed bulkhead, and was 10 pounds lighter I would have given it a 10. As it stands I am very happy with the boat, it does exactly as intended.
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