Submitted: 05-01-2001 by Splash
I bought this boat for exercise/sightseeing on large lakes in Texas with the occasional overnighter on a slow river. It handles choppy conditions and wind very well. The Ventura is similar to the Scupper Pro TW but I think it is a little faster, tracks better and has a dryer seat. It is not as fast as the Necky Dolphin but I think it holds a straight line better. Its profile is very flat, which means it won't act like a weather vane and lays nicely on a roof rack. It has a hull similar to a Perception Carolina with the accompanying stability, true tracking, and what some would consider sluggishness. I don't think it needs a rudder as this would probably only help on really rough water and otherwise just slow you down. The high-volume bow stays on top of the waves and doesn't make that annoying slapping sound. It has a 10" round bow hatch like on the Heritage Sea Dart. I bought a good seat, which was worth every penny! If you need the storage space and speed to chase Eskimos up the coast of Alaska, this is not the boat for you. But it's easy to get to a lake on a sunny day, and a nice ride once you're there.