Submitted: 04-09-2001 by c2g
Excellent all-around boat. Very fast and tracks well. Maneuverability is decent for a boat this long - not exceptionally quick, but smooth and predictable, and much better than I expected after reading other reviews. Sliding bucket seat is comfortable, and the spring clip that holds it in place can be adjusted quickly with one hand. The footbrace is solid, and, when combined with the bucket seat, keeps you from shifting around so that you get get maximum efficiency out of each stroke. The kneeling position is a bit different than with a bench seat - you have to straddle the seat mount and put your feet on the sides of the seat instead of under it. You can't drop into a kneel quickly, but once you are down, you have a very solid paddling position. The aluminum gunwales are very well done - smooth, nicely rounded, and no screw heads sticking up. Very good initial stability for a solo, and can be comfortably leaned if you want to do so to get faster turns. Great boat!