Submitted: 07-01-2005 by Jason Bacon
I've been paddling the Seayak for about 3 years, mostly on Lakes Michigan and Superior, but also on several inland lakes and rivers, and even small, winding streams. The only difficulty I've had with this boat is weather cocking in a strong crosswind. However, the secondary stability is very good, so you can lean it pretty hard to compensate. You can look on the bright side too - this helps develop good paddling skills! It's quite fast for a plastic boat - even a match for many composites, and very stable in big waves/surf.
The HTP plastic is far more durable and stiffer than LP (linear polyethylene), and much easier to repair than composites. (All you need is a hot glue gun and some sandpaper) I've seen plenty of older LP boats with rippled bottoms and sides. They convinced me that it's either HTP or composite for sea kayaks. LP is fine for shorter boats with lots of contour, but the long, flat surfaces of a sea kayak require stiffer materials. I don't think there's a better boat for long, self-sustained trips - the combination of good speed/stability, big hatches, and high weight capacity is hard to match.