Submitted: 07-19-1999 by LR
The Santa Cruz is only 12 ft long, not 12 1/2 as indicated in the review summary. It is very maneuverable and has surprising speed in a slight chop. It almost feels like it gets up on a plane. It accellerates well, but takes more effort to keep going than some other boats in its size range. The large cockpit makes it easy to get in and out of, but allows a lot of splash to get to the paddler, especially dripping from the paddle.
I like the boat very much and have a lot of confidence in its seaworthyness. It is a great boat for a someone who is starting out paddling. I wish it were drier in the cockpit and took less effort to maintain speed.