Submitted: 10-04-1999 by Jesse P.
First Kayaks ,no previous experience, I picked out a Necky Looksha IV ,my wife chose the Cape Horn
initial observation: the Cape Horn is much less attractive,the color(green)has a "tupperware" appearance,the flush hatch covers look fragile compared to the 'granite' plastic and the sturdy covers of the Necky Looksha IV in the water: The Cape Horn is MUCH more stable and confidence inspiring tracking is excellent,secondary stability is also excellent, the boat is very forgiving and lets you know what it is doing, the deck cords are not as ample as the Looksha but are acceptable,the small access hatch behind the comb is excellent for keys and small items(CAMERA!) the seat will need some additional padding,the rudder pedals are great,easy to adjust and find with your feet when you stretch( we spend 4 to 6 hour a run)the thigh contact area is inferior to the Looksha inital stability:10,secondary :10 tracking:10 manuverability:9 speed:8
deck layout :8 the flat area behind the comb makes self rescue a breeze carrying capacity is very good. rigidity is superior to the Necky due to the shape of the hull the gouge resistance of the plastic is even with the Looksha. possibly,as we become more experienced, the Necky will get the nod(it is tippy but WAY fast) but for now I would have to give it to the Cape Horn-for a beginner with deep blue ambitions,the Cape Horn is confidence inspiring and will have you out in the rough quickly