Submitted: 09-16-2005 by Dan Murn
The Thunderbolt is all around great racing and training boat. It has been paddled in all types of conditions. I live on Lake Ontario and the water throws you almost any type of conditions. The first tips to move the seat forward about 1 1/2 inches to get you boat trim. I installed a good backband and toe bar. The boat flies in flatwater, chop, and really bumpy water. I have raced all types of kayaks from flatwater sprint, downriver whitewater, and surf skis. The Thunderbolt is only slightly slower than a sprint boat on flatwater. In rough water it flies. You can just bear down and focus on paddling. Into headwinds and tailwinds tremendous. Surfs 2 to 3 foot waves like mad. In braking side chop up to about 4 feet is great over that and your hanging on. I have not paddled any racing boat that could blast thru huge braking side waves. The boat, if trimmed right, can move thru shallow water. If your serious about your sport than this is the boat for you. Very well made and the cost is well worth it. Doug is master craftsman and designer.