Submitted: 07-08-1999 by Andy Szymczak
I just purchased the Carolina for my 15 year old son last week. This past weekend I had the opportunity to try it out myself. The positives are the affordability, tracks well, good initial and secondary stability. The negatives are the hatch covers are quite small and the rigging pops out of the deck hardware.
In comparison to my own kayak (Kit built Cheasapeake 17 made of marine grade mahoney plywood) The Carolina can't hold a candle to it. My boat is 10 lbs. lighter, is far easier to propel across the water (MUCH faster), has large hatch covers and the rigging is solidly attached to the boat. I rate the Carolina a 7 and my boat a 10!