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Submitted: 07-28-2003 by Bonneville

This is an excellent boat for its intended usage. For a boat of almost 15', it turns well, probably due to its rocker (which you find on very few long boats). However, its length keeps you on the straight and narrow pretty well when you want it to be. If you're serious about going long and hard on open water, you'll probably want the rudder (to act as a skeg). The forward hatch is a little smaller than Rhode Island, so you can fit about anything under cover. The stern tankwell provides good alternative storage. I prefer this combination to two hatches (apparently, most people do because they only make the TW model now). The seatwell provides a nice fit if you're of average girth. Those broad in the beam would be more comfortable with another boat. The footwells are reasonably comfortable, although I like pedals to get a stronger shove. The cockpit has a nice layout, with a well-placed vertical bottle holder (plus a "groove" if you want to lay one down), a very handy 6" center hatch (or space for one) and a place to mount a compass. The hatch kit is reasoably priced (Ocean doesn't seem to try to skin you on add-ons). While the boat is rugged, it's light enough (for me) to carry by a thigh strap. The low profile keeps the weight down, along with wind effect, but does make it a bit of a wet ride. But, I don't buy sit-on-tops to stay dry. It's not a rocket, but with a 26" beam, it's no barge. The hull is very tough, but I would take metal pad eyes over the plastic ones provided. All in all, a very fun and easy boat to paddle, whose design has withstood the test of time.
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