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Submitted: 07-14-2003 by BigDaddyD
OK-don't buy this "kayak" if you have visions of whitewater and fantastic speed. Don't buy this "kayak" if you expect to get on the water and mindlessly windmill your arms and expect to track straight across the lake. This boat does require the paddler to pay attention to his technique. I quickly learned to extend the left side of the paddle longer than the right side, as I am right-handed and tend to pull harder on my right side. I have read about some of the tracking problems people are having, I do agree she is not the best glider in the world, however, I suspect a lot of that is caused by launching in shallow water and scraping the fin on the bottom and mis-shaping it, after my 1st trip I noticed the fin was bent profoundly to the left, it is made of a very soft plastic which was obviously not the best choice by the manufacturer. I also suspect a lot of the tracking problems described are from not installing the fin at all, or installing it incorrectly.The fin HAS to be pushed down in the front AND the back until you hear and feel a click. There was a fellow at the park last Saturday who had the blue Pelican sit-on-top and his fin was attached in the front and hanging loose in the back, and I observed he had tracking problems. When I was shopping for this particular boat, I encountered a retailer;Oshman's;who tried to tell me the seat cushion was an option and it did not come with a paddle, so I suspect a few pople got snookered by less-than-knowledgeable retailers when purchasing the product. The paddle that comes with the boat is functional, but a paddle upgrade is definitely first on my list. I have also noticed shifts in body weight drastically effect the tracking at a particular time, however this can be fixed with a simple adjustment of your paddling technique. The "easy access" rear storage is not very easy to access on the water as stated by the mfgr. The "waterproof" compartment is not very waterproof when you take into account the water that gets in the boat from paddling. I stood mine up to drain the water and it soaked the contents of the container, namely my cell phone, but I could have prevented this by emptying it's contents 1st-now that I know, I will.If you have realistic expectations of paddling on bayous and creeks like we have here in Southeast Texas, and want a good little boat at a very reasonable price, then I would highly reccomend this and other Pelican "kayaks". Just keep it real and do yourself a favor and condition yourself some before getting out there and getting yourself in trouble, I ride around 15 miles a week on my bicycle and lift moderate weights on a regular basis. I am 40 years old and am not sold on shiny colors and big price tags anymore, this is a very good boat for people who want to get off the couch, turn off the tv and leave the Cokes and radios at home and get out and discover wild places in your neighborhood. I live in Houston, a city of 4 million people, yet, I can get in my boat and paddle literally 5 minutes and be in places where there is no sign of human life whatsoever; save for the occasional styrofoam cup or beer can.Save your money, leave the high dollar, high performance true kayaks to the people who truly need something like that and get yourself this neat little boat and get off the couch and get outside....now go
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