Submitted: 12-12-2002 by jayfwms
I thought only a hand-built wood boat could be a work of art until my Kevlar Q500 arrived. It has to be the most beautiful kayak made. After years of "roofing" kayaks, this is the first one that causes strangers to stop me and ask about it. Fit and finish is exquisite, down to the smooth deck level hatches leading to cavernous holds in front and back. With a very flat bottom and light weight, the Q500 rides high in the water and lets you do a weight shift and "spin." It doesn't carve so much as slide, offering very quick response.The Q500 will carry weeks worth of supplies and paddle effortlessly for great distances. With its high volume, it's hard to believe it weighs only 46 pounds. I added the featherlight rudder, but have found no need to use it under any conditions. In windy weather it needs a load or ballast to hold it down in the water. Otherwise exceptional in every respect.