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Do have one issue with rudder brace: has come loose inside stern. Will now learn how good Kayakpro's warranty is. Love the speed of the boat: is very discouraging to go back to a recreational boat or even my P&H Capella 166. My Jet is carbon/Kevlar 25 lbs; I use an Epic Mid-Wing carbon paddle.
1st of all, this is the best designed boat I could imagine for me. I am reasonably fast and fit at 62 but Iím not as steady as I once was so I wanted stability to go with my speed and I got it. Relative to how fast this boat is it is exceptionally stable. That doesnít mean it is stable relative to some hard chined old sea kayak but relative to fast sprinting boats it is stable. Iíve had it out in serious chop and pretty good wind and while not completely comfortable I felt safe and stayed dry even without a skirt. Did I mention fast? I now cruise at speeds I used to race at. 80% effort gets me what Iíve gotten in a different trainer at 100%.
2nd this is exceptional craftsmanship. Most of the kayak products I see coming out of China are moderately to severely flawed. Not this one. Somebody found the right factory, hired the right workers and provided the right supervision. The materials are strong, light, and attractive. The fit and finish is superb. The boat looks as good as it feels. Little details, like joining the deck with seam tape that is continuous all the way through the bulkheads seems standard until you see some Chinese products. Not this one. It is built right.
3rd the price of this boat is below that of most competitive products. KayakPro probably ought to be getting a premium for this quality rather than selling for what amounts to a discount. This works for me. I hope it keeps working for them.
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!
Very scary those first days BUT you learn not to take chances and VIP keep your propulsion.
PS: I entered the ICF Class and could have entered the K-1 Touring class in that the boat is 18" at the 4" waterline. ( I didn't realize this at the time.) I passed the fellow who finished 2nd in that class! I recommend this boat highly to anyone who wants to make the leap from a Sea Kayak. Safe paddling and join us in the NECKRA series next year. THE JET ROCKS!
The Jet has many subtle features not found on other kayaks one of which is a small skeg that protects the under stern rudder and aids in directional stability. Unlike many other "glass" kayaks, it is finished (to a smooth surface) both outside and inside. The "fit and finish" is excellent with bow and stern inserts as protection and the seat and footrest being one of the easiest to adjust I have ever experienced.
It is not as sleek and narrow as one would think. The apparent broadness near the bow seem as though the Jet may be giving up speed for stability. This is not even close to the truth! The Jet is extremely fast even when compared to peer kayaks and even competes with Unlimited Class k1s. It handles difficult conditions with ease and promotes a very secure feeling for the paddler. The Jet moves well in the water and glides extremely well between strokes. Cruising at 6.5 to 6.9 mph with reasonable fitness is quite easy. Speeds at and above 7 mph for longer periods of time are attainable with good stroke technique and training. With considerable effort (a true understatement...), I have obtained 10.3 mph, no wind, no current assist and GPS verified.
I am frequently asked, "Is it faster than boat X?" Without considerable additional information such as; at what speed, over what length of time and under what water conditions, relative boat speed comparisons are difficult to understand. With the many friends that I've let paddle this kayak, all have remarked how secure and fast they felt while paddling it. The Jet is a very fast and stable kayak.
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