Submitted: 02-03-2003 by shirlann
For newbies this is a really good boat to get started in. We now have 2 Otters and 2 Loon 111. We've had the Otters on the Pere Marquette River in Northern Michigan. The PM is somewhat fast and hairpinned. This boat manuevered much better than the long ones used. Granted it's not made for the Great Lakes, but we didn't buy them for that. Foot pegs were added, which helps. We bought them for fun here at home (we live on the Thornapple outside of Grand Rapids). As others have noted they're a fun boat. We're not into speed. They were bought for the family. The grandkids (3, 6, & 9.Next year a 2 year old) love them. The 6 and 9 year old paddle by themselves, with adults nearby of course. We did buy lighter weight kid paddles.
I am now looking to add a sea kayak to our inventory (I'm ready for overnighter/extended camping trips), but for overall family fun, short 1-2 hours trips or day trips and the price, these are very good.