Submitted: 02-07-2000 by Mark Yochim
This is the Rolls Royce of kayaks. My Q500X is 16'10" long with a 23" beam. The Q500X is a John Winters design. I ordered mine in kevlar, which is about 46 pounds. I also ordered the optional Feathercraft rudder.
The Q500X is a large kayak with two large flush hatches. There is more cargo space in the Q500X than I can imaging using. The hatch covers are not your typical black rubber you have to stretch over the hatch. The covers are built out of kevlar and have automotive type seals. The covers are even finished on the under side to give it a nice finish.
The Q500X water line is 16"4" which makes it a true tracker and very stable. The seat is an upgraded seat, which is very comfortable. A large cockpit and tall deck makes it easier for those of us with size 12 shoes and 38" waists. At 220 pounds, the additional space is welcomed.
Ordering the kayak on the Internet is a little strange. However, the staff is very helpful and takes extra steps to explain everything to you. I do not think you could buy a nicer kayak then the QCC kayaks at any price. The Package Deal was $2,700.00 including shipping. The Package Deal included the Q500X kayak in Kevlar, Feathercraft rudder, Lightning composite paddle. Lotus PFD, cockpit cover, spray skirt and bilge pump with float. Fiberglass would have been $300.00 less but at this price kevlar looks pretty good.
The hardest part of buying the kayak is waiting for it to be delivered. The kayaks are not sitting in a warehouse waiting to be shipped. When you order the kayak, it is custom built for you. The color selection is almost unlimited.
I would strongly recommend QCC to anyone looking for a composite kayak. Give them a call and tell them what you are looking for. They have a no risk refund policy if you do not like your kayak. I cannot image anyone not liking their kayaks. Kudos QCC.