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The negative aspects of this product are: It has an "open hull design" that is it lets in water in the front and back (i sat in a puddle of cold water for hours), it has 12 small drain plugs that don't fit very well- that lets in water too. My boat had a cracked Boston valve fitting. I discussed all of these issues with Qayak customer service and they agreed to send a new bladder to fix the cracked Boston valve. After a month and not receiving this replacement part, I emailed them again. Now it is 10 days later and still no response or replacement part. So I have to give their customer service a fail and the product over all a failure. It leaks! I believe this is a company that will disappear within a year
As stated previously, the draft of the boat is pretty low. I think this is good for wind, but I prefer to be up a bit higher. The boat drains well with the self-bailing inserts popped out, and I like the seats. Good foot bars, too.
The tube fabric is, I think, Denier 1000 and is very durable. The inside floor seems durable, albeit a thinner material. I went and got some shower pan liner material to put on top of the floor to avoid punctures. I may be paranoid, but c'est la vie.
Good skegs - a trial to remove / attach so we just leave them on. The tandem model (which we bought) came with throwaway paddles, so plan on getting a couple of those.
I like the Qayak a lot - we've scraped over rocks and hit Colorado River Class III without anything bad happening to boat or riders. It seems stable and well put together. Great price, too.
So anyway, the other day I tried it out for the first time. Itís good, for the price itís real good. For its intended use it will work fine. Mine measured out at 32" wide by 10'6" long fully inflated. It weighs 26 lbs with the seat installed. The seating area is narrow so if you are a wide body you might want to look elsewhere or maybe at the tandem model.
The design is clever and the construction seems very good. Long term will determine that. The foot rest peg design works very well. The seat is heavy and clumsy and the seat back is too high for what I'm used to. I might just use a back band and my Sealine seat pad. The pump did not fit the Boston valves snugly enough and required a hand hold, this would be very frustrating for a newbie.
The two skeg design really helped tracking. I could not get them out after deflating so I just left them in. The mesh bag is a throw away. I made a sling carrier from a canvas grocery bag and it works well.
The boat is very comfortable on the water. I used a high angle stroke with a 220 cm Onno paddle and it tracked pretty good. It also has a bit of glide to it. It has a lower profile than most inflatables which helps in the wind.
I gave it an 8 as a boat but for the price, $214 + $25 shipping it gets a 9, have fun...
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