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Submitted: 06-24-2014 by wavespinner
It may be tempting to think of the Hammer as the little brother of the Delphin but they are different boats. The Delphin is a sea kayak designed to excel at rough water and surfing while the Hammer is dedicated to the rough stuff to the point where there is almost no sea kayak DNA.
The first glance tells you that P&H tapped the Pyranha side of the organization as the yellow grab handles stand out. The kayak has carrying toggles and deck lines in addition to these. Climb into the cockpit and you're ensconced in whitewater outfitting typical of the Pyranha boats. This makes edging, rolling, etc. a breeze. The hull is sturdy and the high quality of P&H is evident is all aspects of the boat. I'll gladly take a few extra pounds for a bulletproof hull in the rocks.The flat planing surface facilitates easy surfing.
The edges are hard, so you can dig in when you want to and cut those bottom turns with ease. However, the extreme rocker facilitates turning on a dime. By the same token, this limits hull speed and you quickly realize that this is not a boat for covering any distance without the help of a current. The skeg functions with little effort; something I'd like to see on touring boats where it's a more critical feature.
All of this makes for kayak that will do it all in surf and paddle like no other. Plus, it's got the storage and the chops to take you on wilderness whitewater trips.
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