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Submitted: 08-25-2003 by Kbf

This is a very good looking boat, and I fit comfortably in it. I am 6' 2" 238lb 34 inch waist 28 " thigh (from body building) and size 13 shoes. The boat has good initial and secondary stability and the carbonlight material is fantastic. Carbonlight is stiff, strong and light. Performance is another story.

This boat has a blunt bow keel, itís about as sharp as my wrist and it does not slice through the water the way many other boats do. Instead it pushes its way through the water similar to a tug boat (you provide the push). As a result the tracking is very poor. With the skeg up its similar to paddling a raft, all water disturbances will affect your direction (boat wakes, waves) constant corrections are necessary to stay on course. Skeg down is mandatory but don't paddle down wind with skeg down. This boat weathercocks badly and doesn't respond well to weight shifts.

This boat comes complete with deck lines, spare paddle holder, compass mount and two cavernous storage compartments. The front bungie lines form a huge X. This X is so large that it only holds the largest items in place. Smaller items such as water bottles, maps, paddle float and pump arenít secured. It is impossible to get more than one bungie cord across these items.

The foot pedals in the Night Hawk are flexible plastic. They flex under the pressure of the foot. Secure foot, knee, and hip contact are impossible. The track the foot pedal is mounted in is also plastic and there is always movement in these components.

The seatback is adjustable up and down, which is nice but is constructed from very thin plastic as is the seat bottom. The seat bottom could be a bit thicker as it flexed under my weight. Both seat back and bottom of the rental had small cracks in them. Something that would be a major concern in the future.

I spent several hours in this boat to see if this was the boat for me. It is a very accommodating, poorly designed boat. I give this boat a Rating of 5

other boats I have tried that perform better:

Prijon Kodiak : Tight in foot area
Current Design Storm : Soft Plastic
Seaward Navigator : Great fit
Necky Eskia : Tight in foot area
Nigel Foster Shadow : Good Fit
Nigel Dennis Explorer HV: Fast Boat

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