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Submitted: 07-28-2003 by doctorkayak
I just purchased the Charleston 15 and I am very pleased it. I've used it on calm lake water where I find it tracks well with the skeg up. Putting the skeg down is like holding down the 'shift' key while drawing a line in a computer graphics program--it holds you to a STRAIGHT line. I use it mainly when resting to keep the kayak from veering while I coast. As a taller kayaker (6'3") and as one who is no longer limber (54 years old), I find the oversize cockpit a real joy to get into and out of. It's 55 pounds are definitely car-toppable, even on my Volkswagon Beetle's short roof rack. I secure the whole thing with rubber tie-downs and bungee cords. I'm also pleased with the stability and handling of the craft. Good boat!