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Submitted: 12-28-2004 by Tom

Mine was fiberglass with ash and mahogany trim...with an especially nice contoured seat with a mahogany leading edge. Nice details! Compared to the Blackhawk Zephyr the Ariel is not as quick nor as efficient...it's more of a gentleman's boat - considerably more comfortable and roomy than a Zephyr. This boat is super efficient at low to medium speeds like most Blackhawks, but if you push it real hard it runs into a wall and refuses to go faster. I liked mine with the extra weight of the dog...it seems to like a load. The rear end can be a bit sticky for freestyle but it still works very well. It's a bit narrow and therefore a bit tippy for its length. The overall cruising efficiency is better than a Wildfire and about the same - or a touch better - than an Osprey or Shearwater. It's not quite as efficient as a Merlin II. Super well made boat...never squeaked and never loosens up. Excellent craftsmanship. Mine was a bit heavy...high 40's for sure.
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