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Submitted: 03-15-2006 by thesubaruguru
Glass. KayakPro's description as a 6 out of 10 for stability is optimistic, and they and their reps admit that! An intermediate (me) will be able to balance this thing only in VERY flat water the first 1/2 dozen outings. In light chop it capsizes easily, and since it is has no bulkheads I strongly suggest judicious placement of buoyancy bags, of which I use FIVE because a trio have to be squished beside the rudder/skeg hardware.
Comments from others re great speed and silky glide are confirmed. Glass construction is beautiful, but QUITE FRAGILE! Lifting the stern with only 2" water ballast resulted in cracking off the seat platform, requiring extensive epoxy-repair. Similar stress cracks along the underside hull rear of the seat platform do NOT inspire confidence! Thr new small rudder-protecting skeg is a nice design, albeit mine is drilled a bit off-center. The seat is quite comfy...even better with a very thin (1/8") self-stick pad. Interesting OE optional zippered sprayskirt works well, but OE cockpit cover is cheaper quality. STRONGLY suggest keeping cockpit covered and use of buoyancy bags to prevent cracking of hull when handling JET with ANY water in it...or if left upright in the rain on land or supported on roof racks. This hull is thin and much more brittle than sea kayaks. Its sub-30lb weight is not just about lack of rigging, bulkheads, and narrowness, but also due to very thin construction. The coaming seems a bit flexy for a 200 lb-er, as well, but seems to be holding up well. I'm looking forward to a second season with the JET, but only in relatively flatwater for workouts. If the hull continues to show stress fissures, or the seat platform cracks again I'll have to downrate to a 6. If it stays intact throughout the year I'll raise to an 8. I'm hoping for good luck!
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