Submitted: 11-20-1999 by Slapshot
The Skerray RM(X) has got to be one of the most playful sea kayaks ever designed. Very responsive, turns on a dime. Great boat to instruct out of as it really makes you look like you know how to maneuver a sea kayak. Low shear line keeps it manueverable even in Force 8 winds. Performs great in big seas. Easy to edge and sweep in following seas to catch and surf the waves. Of course, with that same amount of rocker you won't be winning the San Juan Challenge or any other distance race any time soon. The Skerray RM(X) comes fully equipped with retractable skeg, which many a novice certainly will benefit from. It also has full length perimeter safety decklines with recessed deck fittings that have no hardware showing under the deck to snag dry bags (or skin for that matter). The bulkheads are plastic and are welded into place, gaurenteed not to leak as long as I own the boat! No cheesy plastic hatch covers here, the RM(X) has the tried and true VCP hatch and rim system, stays as watertight as tupperware. I prefer the RMX with after market thigh braces. I actually purchased thigh braces for a Perception Chinook and they fit and work very well. Its also lighter than plastic boats usually are at about 53#. Won't give it a 10 because the seat wasn't glued in very well, the back band needs upgrading to a Rapid Pulse, and the cockpit coaming could be recessed further back away from the backband for rolling purposes. Paddle one if you get the chance.