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Back to the boat, it feels a little cheap, instead of putting hooks on the bungees they are simply tied on making it difficult to stow something the size of a backpack without the straps trying to crush it. I will be altering this. I have already changed the way my handles were installed. There was a hole drilled trough a bump in the plastic on the deck of the boat with a thin nylon rope to a handle. I removed the nylon rope and got some plastic tubing about the same size as the hole pushed it though and flared the ends out using a torch to warm the plastic. then I tied para-cord to the handle doubled up the line and pushed it though the hole and basically made a larks head with it. Now I am a little more water tight, there is more to support the weight of the boat when I am using the handle to carry it, and I feel like it is less likely that the could get ripped out of the deck. The thinner plastic does have its advantages as far as making the boat light weight, and it's as thick as it needs to be for what it is.
If you already have your paddle, life-jacket, and other kayak gear, this boat is a no-brainer for the price.
The pros: It's incredibly light. I'm used to an old fiberglass hand me down that was incredibly heavy and bulky. This Affinity is so light i can carry it with one hand. It's also pretty stable for such a short kayak. I took it out on the Raritan Bay and even though it got really choppy in some places, the kayak never let me down.
Features: small drain on the back for easy draining. small cargo area in back with bungies crossing it. padded seat back. most importantly, a cup holder at the front of the seat.
definitely the perfect beginner kayak, i love its simple spartan design lacking all he silly bells and whistles of pricier models
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