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Submitted: 06-30-2005 by riverdude
I just bought two Islander Encore Kayaks from Costco. They are just under 10' long. I have to tell you these kayaks are so much fun and were a great buy at $359 each which included sprayskirts, car carriers, and paddles. All you need to add is a PFD. These kayaks do well in lakes, slow moving rivers, and up to class 1+ rapids. I have a 16' kayak but love to take these out when I just want to have fun. The rear hatch is not a sealed compartment but does give you access to place items. The seat can become a little uncomfortable after about an hour but I have yet to find a seat that is comfortable in a rec kayak and I have tried quite a bit of them.