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First time out the carry handles on the ends broke. Next the drain plug came apart. The dry storage bag in front is totally useless. It kept falling out. The hull is poorly designed and you get soaked while paddling. On the water solo I noticed it was not tracking properly. Also tried using the skeg and that did not work. Contacted Pelican and they sent me a new skeg. I installed it, took the kayak out again and of course it did not work. Each time I used this kayak I became more frustrated.
Yesterday went kayaking with my daughter again in a protected river with little wind and no tide to deal with. This kayak was all over the place. Could not control it and we were constantly correcting our paddling technique. Again skeg not working. Would not track straight. Also we were getting wet. So I decided to cut my trip short and made a bee line back to shore. Quickly loaded up the kayak and made a decision to return this kayak back to BJ's.
I only had this kayak for a month. So In the end I returned it and realized, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! I enjoy kayaking so much I will be looking for another kayak that is a much better quality and has the features I want.
The boat tracks terribly. We bought the boat when the skeg was still an option and it was no fun to paddle for very long but I bought a skeg and installed it myself. I do not have to fight the boat as much in perfect conditions but it is still a lot of work in wind and waves.
I have a couple of performance kayaks and bought this boat (used) exclusively to take grandchildren and new paddlers out on the water. For that purpose, it meets all my (limited) expectations. Additionally, I paddle sloughs where there is an unfortunate amount of floating debris (boater trash). The large hull and open design of the 140T makes it an awesome 'pick up truck' on the water.
A couple of reviewers have mentioned Pelican's (in)famous foot peg attachment quality. Someone in Canada REALLY should take a hint since this has been a complaint for years across most of their products. On the other hand, a few bucks of stainless fasteners (and maybe some o-rings) resolves the problem and you can enjoy an otherwise nice boat.
Costco graciously took the defective vessel back. Problem? The foot braces are very weak and begin to leak more and more. I wrote a review for the Costco site warning customers of this problem. It was posted for a while. I notice that this year, it has been taken down, probably by Pelican. Now I am not sure if Pelican can be trusted. Going out onto the water is a serious thing. Trust should be everything.
With two people, it is responsive and easy to maneuver, and has plenty of leg room. It paddles well in both river and lake environments, and the rudder helps keep it straight so that there isn't much side to side movement from each paddle.
I would be careful about using it in rougher or rocky water; I don't think the plastic is built to take a lot of impacts or scraping. However, you'll make up for lack of whitewater capability with smooth paddling in open water chop, where it really excels.
For the price, very hard to beat.
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