Length: 14' 5" - Width: 30.00" - Starting at: $699.00See More Details about this Kayak
Don't get me wrong, I really like this kayak and for the price it's steps above the other 5 I own. I don't recommend strapping this kayak down while sitting on it's side on a kayak trailer--I learned the hard way that using crank style straps caused the kayak to crack right at the scupper plug holes below the sit and I've been unable to prevent leakage since that happened a year ago. I've tried marine products, super glue, and just most recently the leak proof spray advertise on TV--so far nothing has worked. I purchased a hand pump and pump the water out every half hour.
The kayak did everything it showed on the video and if I had to recommend this to family and friends I would but I'd be sure to let them know the best way to secure it during transportation. This kayak is not good for standing on while fighting a fish (reds, snook, or large trout) but you can stand to take a break if you have good balance.
Now the only reason why I gave it 9/10 is because of the hatches. I have a '09 model so it has the large rectangle hatch in the center which will leak, only if water gets in the boat. The bow hatch could be bigger and better sealed as well. The other thing I'm concerned with is the hull, I'd recommend using closed cell foam to add extra support around the scuppers as I'm concerned that they may crack by transporting or going out beyond the breakers.
As far as going through breakers, this boat is not designed for that, clearly, but still very fun, I've taken this through 5' swells, very wet, lots of water in the hull due to the fact that the 2 scuppers could not drain water fast enough as I continued going through waves.
All in all, fantastic boat, would buy again for bay fishing.
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