Submitted: 07-10-2002 by KirkM
I have had the boat about 4 months now and used it primarily on the Hudson River and occasionally on Long Island Sound. The material is tough enough to launch the boat from New York City beaches that are mainly composed of broken glass with some sand mixed in. So far, the only result has been some surface scratches. The detachable metal skeg is a simple solution and the entire boat is an exercise in elegant simplicity. The ability to configure the boat for either one or two paddlers is great if you basically go out alone but want the option of taking someone else with you. The stability, tracking and speed of the Sunny are amazing - you may not have the speed of a hardshell, but it is not that much slower. I have taken the boat out in fairly rough conditions (20+ mph winds and waves to match) and found the Sunny's handling to be reassuring - even with an occasional wave coming over the bow and sides. Since I live in an apartment, the ability to carry the kayak onto the subway, bus or train to the launch site is vital. It is easy to set up and take down again when you're done. I would strongly suggest that anyone looking for a kayak that is portable, reliable and a heck of a lot of fun give the Sunny some serious thought.