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Submitted: 07-11-2005 by erl

Bought at Sports Authority, very cheap at $249 including 2 paddles, seat backs, and bungees.

Good stuff: 1) Price - can't beat it for a 2 person intro SOT. Priced used ones all over the east coast and did not find anything better. 2) Performance - not bad, especially in 3' surf and typical east coast chop conditions. The bow entry, combined with the weight and beam gave it very good stability. Played in the surf with 2 younger kids who were initially a little scared and ended up trying to stand and hang ten before jumping off at the shore break. With 1, performs best if you sit in the middle (where the hatch space is located) which is a little uncomfortable after a while. Big time stability, it is easy to get back on the boat after jumping in, and is pretty easy to move around, though more tippy in the bow of the boat. 3) Versatility - works well as a 1 up, 2 up, 3 small kid up, and can easily modify to a fisher. The drains support ocean rod end placement.

Bad stuff: 1) Kind of heavy at 63+ lbs. but about what you would expect for a 13 1/2 long SOT. (Hand hold moldings are at the balance point so one person can lift and place the boat on top of even tall SUVs pretty easily. Weaker paddlers may have some problems though.) 2) Paddles that come with the package are too short (OK for the front paddler, painful for the rear paddler). 3) The drain plug placement is not in the best location to easily get all of the water out of the inside of the boat. 4) The seats don't drain well and you stay wet in the butt. 5) Orange is the only color available. I like orange, but everyone looks the same.

Overall, this seems to be a good SOT, definitely better than some of the 2 person rentals at $200/week, and easily decent enough to justify having around for a weekend beach trip or Potomac River rapid play day.

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