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Submitted: 06-24-2002 by BCrawford
This is my first sit on top and I really love the feeling of being open to the elements compared to being enclosed in my Shadow. This boat is extremely stable and the trade off with speed is not at all bad, I can hold 4.5 mph measured from GPS. I paddled the Napali on the south coast of Lake Erie against a heavy northeast wind with rebound waves coming off breakwalls creating a chaotic hell. It took everything with ease. I didn't have the usual white knuckle grip on my paddle as I do with my Shadow. I was surprised at the volume inside for touring it actually has more room than most typical touring boats. About the boats design I would have preferred that the bottle holder be replaced with a dayhatch. It would be the perfect location for one. It seems really impractical to mold a bottle holder into the design when a dayhatch would allow you to stow plenty more water below deck among a multitude of other things. I think I will attempt to somehow try to put a skid plate across the backmost point of the stern, Being such a heavy boat It's gonna take some abuse while loading. I was dissapointed with the neoprene covers for the hatches, very cheap looking and feeling compared to those on my Shadow. Comeon Perception! Don't skimp here! The backrest has a ratchet that draws the backrest into your lower back, not evenly though! It pivots inward so the top edge of the backrest cuts deep into your back while the lower edge dosen't even touch. I plan on outfitting in this area with some foam or something, or possibly trying a different backrest/seat alltogether. With a few changes this boat would be perfect. Three letters descibe the paddle experience F U N
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