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Submitted: 11-03-2005 by DWH
I was at a kayak demo day this summer, trying out all the medium volume 16-17" narrower kayaks I could get my hands on. While waiting for another boat, the P&H representative suggested I try a Capella (it wasn't on my list). The first one available was a plastic 160 - which was okay, but not exciting. Then he put me in the composite 169 - and I was really impressed! Keep in mind I'd been in several of the competition's boats already. I was looking for a "British" style sea kayak with a moderate volume, low deck and "Greenland" ends that would track and turn well without a rudder. Of all the boats I tried, the Cappella 169 and the Current Designs Andromeda topped my list - based mostly on their handling and cruising speed. The test was on calm water with a slight breeze.