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Submitted: 03-26-2004 by marv

We bought the Kon Tiki because it was smaller and lighter. We thought it might work for the kids (aged 12 and 14). The price was also right. During the summer of 2003 we put it to the test on the Canadian west coast --Sechelt Inlet and Clayoquot Sound. Generally the boat handled well and the kids were able to keep up with the other boats in the group.

I was very unhappy with the rudder which is poorly designed. It was unable to withstand regular use. The arms that support the rudder eventually folded! Another deficiency we struggled with was poor drainage off the deck of the boat. The molded lip which encircles both cockpits does not allow water to flow freely over the boat. Anytime we were out in a chop, paddlers in the Kon Tiki had a pool of water around their waist. Buyers should also be aware that the plastic is very soft and more susceptible than our other boats to warp & oilcan in the sun if left on the roof racks. We transport this boat in saddles and it seems to melt into them. I have just pulled the Kon Tiki out of storage and intend to take the rudder back to the dealer to see if Sun is willing to stand behind their product and replace the rudder with something that will not collapse.

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