02-10-2013Submitted by: doctor venenum
Reviews for Vector 14 Kayak by Necky Kayaks
Based On: 12 Reviews
- Rating: 9 of 10 I weigh 165lbs and my butt stays dry without plug in calm water. The kayak is slim but very stable, reasonably fast for SOT, turns easy without rudder [I will make a rudder myself]. Seat is very comfortable for me. Spacious cargo deck and two sealed hatches
11-04-2012Submitted by: string
- Rating: 5 of 10 Addendum to my earlier reviews.
I weigh 230 and with the Necky scupper plugs in,my butt gets wet. I put Minicell plugs under the seat and the water from the footwells still almost got to me. When I tried the boat in the summer, a wet butt didn't bother me; in November it does.
Minimum max capacity is rated at 275. IF you don't mind a wet butt.
10-15-2012Submitted by: string
- Rating: 8 of 10 My Vector had its' first voyage. It was a very windy day with some heavy gusts. It got slapped around more than I expected.
Performance was good, in fact it surfs very well. I found it a bit irritating that my butt got wet with the scupper plugs in under the seat. I weigh 235 so it sits fairly low in the water. The plugs are pretty, but today I replaced them with Minicell.
07-20-2012Submitted by: shirlann
- Rating: 9 of 10 I've had my Vector 14 for about 6 months, been kayaking for 17 years, own 13 kayaks, 7 of which are SOT's. This is not my first SOT, but it has been the best I've had so far. My previous 'fav' was a 14' Heritage Sea Dart. 'For me', at 5'2" it tracks very well, leans easily for turning, the seat is truly comfortable, and stable due to the depth at which one sits. I like the scupper plugs that came with the boat, but when going out onto big water, I remove the front ones to allow water, from big waves to escape quickly.
For those who say it is 'tippy', I suggest that can be due to individual torso height, paddling inexperience on an SOT, individual paddling style, or all around comfort with kayaks. Individual height and weight play a big part in fit for anyone when purchasing a canoe or kayak.
Any kayak can be fun, if one learns to relax, have proper posture, learn techniques and don't try to choke your paddle to death.
07-18-2012Submitted by: string
- Rating: 10 of 10 Another review after a 15 minute paddle. The 14 is quick for a plastic boat that length. I maxed out at 5.5 mph without a lot of effort. Stability is a little less than the 13. The seat is comfortable and there is room for long legs.
A very plain little boat but a great choice for going places quickly.
06-19-2012Submitted by: Lou
- Rating: 10 of 10 I just purchased the Vector 14 and just love it. I also have a Manitou 14 and now I have the best of both worlds. This tracks well and has great speed. my wife tried it out (she has a starter kayak now) and I think I just lost my new kayak (lol). Necky makes some awesome kayaks; not a bad word to say about either boat
06-04-2012Submitted by: JB
- Rating: 9 of 10 I compared the Vector 14 with other 13 and 14 foot SOT kayaks at a demo day yesterday. Honestly, this was by far the fastest boat I tried (by gps, comparable effort), but was also noticeably "tippier" than the others. If you look at the dimensions, you'll see why.
This boat was much faster than the Tarpon 140. The seat is also noticeably lower than on other sit on tops. I think this adds stability, but it also raises the odds of getting wet. It has scuppers directly under the seat. This would only be of concern to heavier paddlers, I would think. It wasn't a problem for me.
I do a considerable amount of paddling in open water, and my concern with this boat was that in spite of its speed, it could be a handful in high wake conditions, which is what I have much of the time. While the top speed on this boat was higher, I felt that the Vector 13 met my requirements better.
If you're looking for a touring sit on top, and don't mind a little water in the boat, this could be your kayak.
05-10-2012Submitted by: Linda S
- Rating: 7 of 10 UH..I don't think it is the best thing since sliced bread. I do like having a rudder..but as I understand; there are better rudder controls. The rudders on this make the boat go side to side. They are not toe top ones. This feels like the big behemoth it is. Hatches seem ok...not sure how water tight they are. BUT I love how they go on. DOES have tons of room. I hate the back compression thing in the stern. I have had this at top speed but honestly I'm totally not impressed and would only take this out of I HAD to. THAT is NOT saying this is not a great plastic sit on top. But I was hoping for more speed based on the shape. I was at the back of the pack with this thing. I honestly was not feeling well, so I may update my review later. BUT I wanted one review that said... "this ain't the best thing since sliced bread"... because some of the reviews I read had my hopes up there.
01-26-2012Submitted by: Juan
- Rating: 10 of 10 In total fairness, there is no point of comparison between the Necky Vector 14 and any other SOT kayak in the market; the closest you can come up with is to compare an expert classical ballerina in her prime to an old raggedy troglodyte contraption of the sorts. Necky's website warns you from the get go about their intentions when designing the Vector family; well they didn’t miss their target.
The Necky Vector 14 behaves pretty much like a Chatham 16 would when it comes down to speed & maneuverability departments, yet she feels rock solid on both primary & secondary stabilities.
The layout reveals a very well thought cockpit for those adventurous kayakers that like to think out the box for a multipurpose kayak.
She can be a bit of everything and very good at most of the tasks one could ask her to perform in order to enjoy some quality time on the water. Some features are worth a million such as the seat's back band which gives an awesome lumbar support yet it is never compromising the kayaker's movements while easy to adjust both in height as well as in its lumbar angle... Seat's pan with its ergonomic leg support is unbelievable helpful for one's long time comfort when paddling. Hardware & Rigging are prime rate quality and one of the best designed for 2012.
Those cross lock strapped self suction inner gasket hatches are truly fantastic in keeping water out while allowing for a lot of under deck packing.
One thing that really shines on this boat (other than her versatility) is her performance.
Even though rudder ready from the factory I never felt the need to add one (I am partial to rudderless boats so take this with a grain of salt), keeping a straight line on the wind is no feat, stability in any condition is secure due its superb design.
One nice boat, different than most sit on top kayaks, good for clamming, fishing, diving, camping and cruising around, awesome capabilities, excellent carrying capacity for her length.
If you want the SIK performance without feeling so tightly enclosed you owe yourself an outing on the new 2012 Necky Vector 14.
11-23-2011Submitted by: 00264167
Length: 14'1"; Width: 26"; Weight: 63 pounds
5’8” 250# 58 years old
- Rating: 8 of 10 I haven't used a canoe for over 20 years so the vector 14 was completely new to me as I've never used a SOT before either. before buying i had concerns about stability but i was surprised to find i had no problem at all, if felt natural, but this may have been because im used to riding race bikes.
Ive been out in the Vector 14 a few times now in a variety of sea conditions. cruising speed is about 3mph..about the same as people walking alone the seafront, however in calm conditions it was more like a slow jogging speed, perhaps 5mph, which feels quite fast so close to the water.
in wind conditions of 17 mph gusts i had to keep correcting the course every few minutes as i dont have the rudder fitted, i would recommend getting the rudder if using in not so calm conditions but as soon as i only like to go out in fair weather its not really needed for me. no problem with tracking in less windy conditions
Even though the width is 25 inches it doesn't feel tippy to me as the whole point of the boat is the seat is low for stability and the scupper plugs have a value to allow water out but not in. its not often a wave will break in to the cockpit unless in really bad conditions but the plugs seem to work well. on difficult beach launches where lots of water has come in over the top, after about 10 minutes of paddling all the water is sucked out through the values and there's only a small amount of water, about 1cm water, around the area of the plugs. in calm condition sometimes its all sucked out completely.
the ridges in the boat work well to get the water flowing down to the plugs but keep sand held in the ridge.
I have noticed small stones can get under the rubber of the plugs sometimes and also they can get blocked with seaweed from above if a fair amount comes over the top. there are six drain holes in the boat, two at the footwells, two in the rear compartment and two under the seat. the seat is screwed and velcro attached to the boat. I'm quite new to this but i don't understand why they didnt allow access to the holes under the seat to put the plugs in there as most of the time there is about 1cm water in the seat (im 96kg)when not paddling, and it feels like theres some in there when you are paddling but its hard to tell.
given that I havent had much experience on the water i felt quite confident in the vector 14 even in 1-2 foot chop in the sea and quite a few hundred meters off-shore. only time i didnt feel very much in control is when you have the force of those waves going faster, pushing the boat from behind and it wants to turn sideways, but im guessing this would probably be the same with any SOT and even worse with ones with a blunter shaped stern.
All the hardware on the boat seems pretty good, all handles and fixings feel solid and stainless, the seat is the kind of closed cell foam you get in sandals and trainer shoes and i find it very comfortable. the hatches open to the entire inside of the hull and therefore have masses of room, no trouble getting anything big/bulky in the front hatch. they seal pretty well and even with water breaking over the front hatch it didn't let any in. it all depends on the rubber gasket seals, so i hope they don't perish.
originally I couldn't decide between the vector 13 or 14 but I'm glad I got the 14 as I wouldn't have wanted anything slower or less efficient, i haven't had any problems with stability despite the narrower width and the bow is more flattened on the vector 14 (i believe people were saying the bow of the 13 was affected by wind and hull slap).
09-07-2011Submitted by: sdd
- Rating: 7 of 10 Just got back from my new Vector's maiden voyage. My first SOT kayak. 32 miles on the Etowah River. 16 down stream and 16 up stream with a head wind. The boat tracked and turned well. For a SOT I'd say it performed well. Paddles easier than the 14' Tarpon but still is not as efficient as a smaller sit inside boat. I have a 17' Storm GT and a 13' Necky Manitou so I'm accustomed to easier paddling.
The boat was easy to paddle as long as I did not try to exceed its capability. It paddles with no effort at about 3 MPH but to go faster you have to work harder. Even against a strong current I maintained fairly good speed.
My only issues, and they are minor:
1) the foot peg adjustment hit me in the ankle unless my legs were flat against the boat.
2) My hand hit the handles on the side occasionally.
3) The replaceable drag plate on the keel is a good idea but executed badly. The counterbore for the mounting screws is much larger than is needed. They hang on rocks and grass and tear a grove in your yard when you drag it. Once the hole edges wear down it shouldn't be an issue.
4) The recessed area in the center that appears to be for laying a water bottle in should have a way for water to flow out. My GPS was laying in it and it stopped functioning.
All in all I'd say I'm about as happy as I could be with a SOT. The main reason I got a SOT was to carry a cooler...go figure!
09-06-2011Submitted by: SC
- Rating: 9 of 10 Coming from a Hobie Kona, this thing is like a rocket ship. It's a complete departure from any sit-on-top I've paddled. It's light, fast, tracks great and is a joy to paddle in comparison. It feels a lot like a sit-inside with regard to its primary stability. Overall paddling effort is great. I don't have a lot of time in the boat yet and I plan to get it on Tahoe within a week. I'm anxious to see how it handle the afternoon chop. My only complaint is where the outside of my knees hit, right where the rudder cable come out of the hull toward the foot controls. A little self-adhering padding ought to take care of that in short order.
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