Submitted: 04-11-2001 by Fish
If you are in the market for a rotomolded plastic sea kayak, Buy the Capella! As others have mentioned, I paddled and purchased other plastic kayaks from Perception, Wilderness, Walden, Necky, etc. None of the other manufactures or models compare to the performance and especially the quality of the P&H Capella. The construction is top notch. The hatches are dry, no water. The hatches are square not round, which makes loading of gear much easier. The bulkheads are plastic not foam, and they are welded in place. Any through bolts or screws(very few) are covered over in the mold with plastic. There are no sharp edges to catch your gear or your knuckles!
There are no signs of any "oil can" ripples in the hull, even after sitting on racks. The seat is very comfortable and the thigh braces give a nice positive "locked in" connection to the boat. I have been out for 4 - 5 hours of steady paddling with no aches or pains. The Capella has better than average speed and turns very well with the slightest lean. If you are a beginner, don't let the initial wobbles bother you. This kayak has good stability and excellent secondary stability. No fear of turning over. This kayak is very quiet through the calm water, it is able to navigate through narrow rivers and inlets, and it is a blast when you get out in the waves and white caps! The obvious oversight, the rear bungee cord can be corrected in a matter of minutes. This one is a definite 10!