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Submitted: 06-27-2005 by Vulthoom

We have had our Tahiti now for just over a year and have found it to be much more fun that it should be. It does fit two with a squeeze (I am not tiny...) but with the smaller person in front with legs under the forward spraydeck we manage fairly comfortably. The olive green version we have is a lot easier on the eye than the bright yellow one too!

On the plus side it is light, incredibly compact (the whole thing fits into one sports bag), very stable if you are new to the water and above all comfortable. I have a bad back but find the inflatable seats really supportive. As Gary mentions below, if you are on your own you can stop, stretch out, lie back in comfort and let the world drift by.....

On the negative side, in windy conditions or on a lake where a stream enters it can feel like you are trying to paddle an inflatable elephant and is rather embarrassing as you rotate round and round to the amusement of all and sundry. The skeg does help to maintain a straight line and I would recommend you buy one with the boat. Also, don't bother with a fancy electric pump - the basic footpump has the boat up and running in less than 15 mins.

Don't expect the performance of a thousand pound (or dollar) touring kayak. Itís cheap, fun and got us both into kayaking. If you're unsure about kayaking and don't want to shell out a fortune for a hard kayak with all the associated extras then for the price it is a great buy. Having now been properly bitten by the kayak bug we are moving on to get hard kayaks but we will be keeping the Tahiti for those times when you need a boat that will fit into one sports bag.

Buy one and enjoy yourselves!

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