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Submitted: 12-26-2002 by JoeMc

The Magellan has proven to be capable sea kayak. It is my third kayak and I intend to keep it for a long time to come. It is roomy and well suited for medium to large paddlers. Dagger offers thigh braces that bolt right in and offer modest to aggressive fit. Handling is crisp and predictable. This boat is surprisingly fast considering it falls on the heavy side of the scales. Its bow design facilitates a smooth ride over waves rather than through them. When a wave does break over the deck, water sheds down and out around the cockpit via gutters. This boat is well designed with details that make paddling more enjoyable. Examples: the deck employs an anti glare surface in selected areas, full perimeter lines and generous tie downs. Hatches include both rubber covers and hard "hurricane" hatches(may be retrofitted to older boats). The combination provides a safe,dry storage system. I found without the hard hatches it was possible to implode the rubber rear hatch when self rescueing(no fun). Having that rear compartment flood while at sea or in cold water would be catasrophic. No boat is perfect so I'll list the room for improvement. Kayak seats could have been tools of the Spanish inquisition. This one is no exception. It is an easy fix with the availiable seat cushions/ backbands. My boat is equipped with the Seal Line Smart Track rudder system. The stock rudder works fine but the aftermarket system has its advantages. I have used this boat in coastal and inland paddling. It has proven to be stable and durable. Last year (2002) was the last production run for the Magellan. The parent company that merged Dagger and Perception trimmed down the Dagger model line at the expense of many fine boats. If you can find a Magellan I suggest you buy it. It offers a great deal of boat for the money.
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