This was my first boat. I bought it the last week of Aug 2005, but in SW Minnesota I could only use it a month or so before It got too cold for me. It's really lightweight, stable, and turns very well. This is only 9.5 feet, so it stored in the trunk of my 98 Dodge Intrepid with the back seats down. Slid right in and the trunk lid held it secure. So, talk about easy to lug around!
They usually come with a decent spray skirt too. So if you're a beginner this is a great boat.
Pros: Light, very stable, roomy cockpit, footpegs, plenty of deck bungie cables, sporty looking design, and free spray skirt!
Cons: Not made for speed, kinda fat so the wind takes it easily, and makes straight-line paddling tought.
Bottom line: Good for beginners, kids, and teens. You get a lot for your money. The only reason I sold it was because I loved kayaking so much that I bought a Necky Zoar Sport. Upgraded, otherwise I would have kept the Rush. Plus, they're pretty inexpensive, so I would just kept it to be a dumbass and flip it, slide down banks, kayak down flooded city streets (guilty once already), and probably just wrecked it being stupid, lol! Come to think of it, why did I sell it?!My first kayak.. I know nothing.. but did some research and found out I needed a 2000 dollar kayak... only having $330 I bought the rush.. I know that if I paddled the high grade kayak the rush would not compare... but the damn thing is a lot of fun and is comfortable and stable and light and good looking... not a lot of bells and whistles.. but deck bungees, foot pegs, and a little storage space and I am ready to explore a fairly large lake for a good long weekend...
If you don't have big money.. get the Rush... I am as big of a person that needs to own one (6-2 195) but I am comfortable in it and I am sure a smaller person would be more suited but I have had no problems...Get a RushThis boat is by far the best kayak I have ever been in. It has great comfort, tracking, handling, weight, design, and affordability (575cdn). Iíve had this boat for one summer. I live right beside a river so I have no problem getting out, which is why I have no idea how many times Iíve been out.
One of the few problems I have with it is that when you paddle really hard the back end bobs up and down slowing you down, which is really bad if youíre caught in a thunder storm. Itís also really hard to get some things behind the seat which can be a problem if you go camping. It scrapes really easy on the bottom but nothing serious. I would recommend, and have recommended, this boat to anyone.I've had an OT Rush for a full summer of wild water and it's been a lot of fun. It's light enough for me to carry, tracks great, and is a very dependable rec boat. I've had her out in fast-moving rivers and creeks. When it flooded, she moved in and out of nature-made obstacle courses like a dream. I've already lost one 1/2 skirt from my husband dumping the boat, but you can order them from OT (the customer service people are great!).
My one complaint about the boat is the small entry. My husband's rec boat has a larger entry where he can stand up in the boat, and I do wish I could do that more easily in the Rush...this would be especially nice when we're exploring islands (and want to get in and out numerous times) or trying to exit the boat in "iffy" territory. This would probably limit the viability of the 1/2 skirt and is a minor issue compared to the fun and ease this boat offers.I recently purchased 2 OT Rush kayaks and they are very stable, reasonably priced, fast, tracks well, manuevers easily and looks great. My 11-year-old handles hers like a charm and quickly gained confidence on the first trip out.
Stability: Handles very well on lakes, especially in choppy water with no problem. You would have to work hard to turn the yak over. The adjustable foot braces are a definite plus in stability.
Speed: It does not require much effort and covers a lot of water quickly.
Tracking: Tracks like it's on rails. Very graceful and glides quite well.
Manuever: Quick to manuever. I did a 180 in a narrow stream with minimal effort.
Fit and Finish: I did scrape up the bottom the first time out but was totally my fault as I launched from a concrete boat ramp. Mud cleans easily from the seat, interior and exterior. The cockpit is easy to enter/exit and the seat is very comfortable, especially if wear a PFD with a high back.
Cargo capacity: Love the half skirt. Handy for gear and easily holds a big Nalgene bottle. Keeps water out as well. Storage behind the seat if needed. Bungees on both the front and back are handy as well.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase. The only downside is the weight as I have to lift them over my head to mount onto the roof rack; however, I overcame this quickly by purchasing a step stool. I just purchased my Rush and have only had it out a couple of times and only on a local lake, but I am very happy with it. It is a lot like an Otter, but with a redesigned deck, amaller cockpit, foot pegs, padded high back seat, paddle holder, work deck/spray skirt, and deck rigging. All of these new features make the boat a great buy and $375.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to paddle. I had paddled nearly half a mile and felt like I had only paddled 50 feet. Not even the least bit winded. In spite of the short wide hull it is surprisingly fast and tracks pretty well. It handles very well and feels very stable with good initial and exellent secondary stability.
The deck is designed to give the paddler extra leg room and the padded seat is very comfortable (not as good as my recliner, but after spending a full day in it I could still walk upright). The work deck/spray skirt combined with the deck design (it has some tumblehome and a fairly high coaming) keeps me completey dry.
To me the absolute best feature is the size and weight. It fits into the bed of my small pickup truck(with the tailgate down it hangs over about a foot) and weighs in at only 38 pounds. I have two more expensive boats both over 14 feet, but my new Rush will see a lot more use simply because it is so easy to load and transport. The only drawback is that it doesn't have tons of storage space, but what do you expect in a 9'6" boat? There is enough room for a small drybag and six pack cooler behind the seat and the deck rigging can also hold some equipment. I plan on outfitting the boat for fishing by adding a rod holder and an anchor system. For a short day trip for sightseeing, fishing, or just relaxing I think the Rush is a great boat.