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Submitted: 06-02-2005 by jwpaddling.net
I built a Sea Wolf kit in 2002 before Roy Folland sold his kayak kit making firm.
Positives: 1. Straight forward assembly--no rocket science degree required. 2. Easy solo carries due to its light weight (48 lbs. with fiberglassed deck & hull, hatches, bulkheads, bungees) compared with most Fiberglass boat (those 55 lb. cows!) My Pygmy Coho with hatches and bulkheads runs at about 43 lb. 3. Leaned turns give quick results. 4. Its long waterline, which gives you good speed--I know--I have other boats. 5. The one piece deck looks marvelous.
Negative: 1. It now costs more ($875) than a comparable US boat kit from Pygmy $(735) or Chesapeake Light Craft($779). 2. Short cockpit keeps me (31" inseam) from entering buttocks first, legs last. 3. The high rear of the cockpit almost hurts and does little to facilitate layback Eskimo rolls (layback rolls can be done--you just do them with your derriere off the seat and fall back down when upright again). I may raise the seat height or eventually reconstruct and relocate the cockpit. 4. The website says it weighs 39 lb--mine @48lb doesn't.
Mixed: 1. My boat trim skewed toward bow heavy--small waves washed over the front deck--Roy assured me that they moved the cockpit back 3" to correct this--I won't buy another to test that. 2. You could easily adjust the footbrace with a strap/buckle at your hip, but the strap stretched and creaked when wet--I have replaced it with a Keepers plastic footbrace system, whose footbrace can deform and fall off the rail under pressure--that happened with my other kayak. You also didn't see mounting bolts on the outside of the kayak. Absolute may have a different system in place now. 3. The hatches leaked, but most hatches will leak, except for the watertight Valley Canoe Product hatch covers. 4. I disliked the 4:1 mix ratio of the included epoxy. I prefer the 2:1 ratio of System 3 epoxy which Pygmy ships.
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