Submitted: 08-31-2001 by sherlock holmes
After a summer of open top kayaks my friend and I decided to try "a real one". We contacted a dealer in Tulsa and for a nominal fee arranged a 9:00 to 4:00 sunday of instruction and an opportunity to try out 7 different kayaks by 3 different mfgs.
If I could give any one advice it would be to try as many as you can. In the end we chose the America over a Dagger. I really wanted the optional (100.00) paint job Dagger offered. I found however that the most important feature for this "newby" was the large America cockpit that offers the safety of an "easy out".
The stability is comforting to a new person. We chose the Expidition with the hatch and opted for the rudder. There is a lot of wind in Oklahoma and in open water the rudder really helps. I have a yellow one on order and my friend bought a blue one in stock. It seems that people both like and dislike this boat for the same reason. If the young man who gave it a 2 would have tried it out the way we did he would not have made the mistake. ALL BOATS CANNOT BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE. If you are new and want something stable and fun to get started, this is the boat. Now how about next year when I am ready for a 17 ft. cigar boat