Submitted: 03-05-2004 by jamiemink
I previously rated the Monterey 13.5 and initially thought it to be "tight" for my 5'10", 175lb frame. After paddling it for a season, I was right. The salesperson really pulled a good one on me. The boat is just too small for me, it's like a pair of shoes that are a half size too small... after a while it's a real pain. I sold the Monterey to purchase an Avatar 16 and to compliment my Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Pro. Although the Monterey ended up being too small for me, it was fantastic. It handles excellent, turns quickly, and the hatches are bombproof. I'd highly recommend the boat for the smaller male and average female paddler, but not a person my size.