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Submitted: 10-11-2005 by DJC
Now, ready for a bad review on the Capri Tour? Nope. Won't find it here. I'll agree with the previous reviewers about the high quality blow-molded plastic used. It is stiffer, more scratch and gouge resistant than roto-molded linear polyethylene, as well as being a bit lighter. On the water, it's quite fast for a 12-foot boat and it tracks very well; no need for a rudder. Minor course corrections can be made by leaning it a little. Get it up on edge and it turns well. The hull is a shallow "V" with a hard chine and slight flare. There's a flat keel down the middle that's 9" wide at the middle tapering toward the bow and stern. Lengthwise, the hull has no rocker and has a long waterline for its length. Measuring the Capri Tour, it is a full 12 ft. long. The beam measured 24", rather than the 25" shown on the spec chart on Wildnets' site.
Also, you won't see it on the photo on their site, but the inner cockpit rim has a good set of thigh braces. They're not padded, but can be if desired. The seat on my boat is not padded and there's no cupholder. The contour of the seat is fine and I've found it to be better than some cushier seats. There's other ways to bring drinking water along. I'm 5'11" and 200 lbs. and the boat is a very good fit. Someone who's taller and wears shoes bigger than a 12 may be cramped. The rear bulkhead is watertight and the screw-on hatch works well.
Be sure all the threads are engaged when closing it so it doesn't leak. I've never rolled a kayak before but I was able to roll this one. I'm sure a more experienced paddler will find it easy to roll. In case of a swim, a paddle float re-entry can be very awkward, but a re-enter and roll is very easy. Even without a paddle. On the subject of self-rescue, the Capri Tour has no bow flotation whatsoever. A flotation bag that's 42"-45" long works well. The footpegs will hold it in place without having to tie it in. Stability is quite good. Not the rock solid primary stability like a lot of rec boats, but pretty good once you’re seated.
Overall, an outstanding kayak. Can't say it enough; be sure to demo as many boats as you can, but give this one a try if at all possible.
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