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Submitted: 09-13-2004 by hal

This is one fun little boat, although not so little actually at 11+ feet. Very stable; tracks well; surprisingly fast; maneuverable in surf; surfs surprisingly well -- it's length compared to shorter surf boats gives it an advantage in accelerating to catch waves. Will punch through moderate surf with no problem, then trucks along nicely in ocean swell. My brother, an accomplished whitewater kayaker, took it out in the surf of the Outer Banks (a hundred yards or so offshore) to scope out the dolphins and surf it back in -- he raved about it! Relatively light and therefore a breeze to cartop and unload. Has been "discovered" by kayak fishermen, but at heart is simply a nice all-around boat for everything from flat bays/lakes to vigorous surf zone paddling. Ideal for fishing, photography, exercise, and general fun in the water. For fishing, however, you might first consider the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 -- a bit faster, a bit more stable, and more comfortable. I would call the Caper a recreational day tripper, but don't use it on real long trips (over, say, 3 or 4 miles) -- it's simply too much work over the long haul, and the pronounced "hull slap" in choppy conditions might annoy you after a while. Be sure to get a nice seat back with it and some scupper plugs! An excellent sit-on-top performer from Ocean Kayak; if I had just one sit-on-top, this would be it.
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