Submitted: 06-29-2001 by Roger Davis
After having purchased a Swifty for myself, then a Wilderness Systems Rascal for my 13-year-old son, I bought a Dagger Zydeco for my 10-year-old son this summer. The Zydeco is by far the best boat of the lot. My smaller son can paddle it with ease. It is stable, maneuverable, and fairly fast for its length. When I go paddling solo, I usually borrow the Zydeco. Entry and exit are a bit easier in the Swifty, and the Rascal is a better looking boat, but the Zydeco is the best overall performer. If you're looking for a basic rec boat, you can't go wrong with this one.