Submitted: 10-04-2004 by Peter
My first sea kayak was a wonderful Tempest 170 which I had to trade down last winter for financial reasons. After one full season of paddling, I find my used Cape Horn 15, of which I am at least the third owner, to be great in all conditions experienced so far (up to 30 knots of wind w/.75m seas), very stable, dry, good storage, and reasonably fast and comfortable. I've rolled it once during a practice session, and found it easier than expected. It tracks so well I took the rudder off. On the down side, I find the seat back a little too high, it doesn't have enough deck bungies, and the day hatch doesn't have its own bulkhead. While the Tempest would get a 9/10, I'd rate the CH15 at 8/10.