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Submitted: 04-07-2014 by GeorgeCal
Bought mine for a $140.00 at Sports Authority because a customer beat it up and put a crack at one of the scupper holes, which for me was fine because I was planning on reinforcing the scupper holes anyways. Used West System G/Flex and haven't had an issue yet. Front hatch leaks a little which isn't too bad unless you get caught in bad weather, which my brother and I are notorious for getting caught in. So much so that we've earned the nick name "The Sh*tty Weather Sailors".
General complaints about the Castaway:
1. Scupper Holes split open where they are supposed to be fused together - Just use a combo of G/Flex and fiberglass - cost roughly $50.00
2. Leaky front hatch - annoying at the most but fixable
3. Its a little Tippy - to me its kind of like riding a motorcycle. you learn to twist your upper body vs throwing your weight around to turn. by the time you master the Castaway, you'll be able to do cartwheels on a more expensive Triton
4. Doesn't Track well - this is true however this has a lot to do with how you paddle as well. I can actually outrun my brother in his luxury Triton with all the bells and whistles
Over all if your not paying retail, if your creative and aren't scared of a little elbow grease this kayak is a good starter. I paid $140.00 and wasn't sure if like a new puppy to a child, kayaking was going to be something that was going to lose its original luster. 2 years later, I'm still kayaking and loving my "beater".
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