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I'm 5' 8" tall and weigh 200 lbs and still have plenty of cockpit room. I could foam it in to fit like a glove like my Sirocco but I like the fact that I can move a bit for comfort and to fish or relax without bracing. Necky had some great plastic to still look as good as it does. I live in Western NY so all of our launch places are rock or concrete. No sandy beaches here. Thanks to the "old" Necky for making a great kayak!
The boat holds a ton of gear if packed properly, making it a workhorse on overnight trips. I carried the lion's share of gear for two people on a two-night trip on the Shenandoah without having to carry anything outside the bulkheads and the boat was still fairly nimble, particularly for such a wide (25") boat. With a regular-sized load, the boat is both fast and agile while still being very stable.
The boat tracks fairly well, occasionally exhibiting a tendency to pull to the paddler's left. I think this may be due to the oil-canning (dent) in the bottom. In deeper water, using the rudder fixes this problem. The rudder system is well-designed and easy to deploy and retract.
As for fit, I'm 6-1/195lbs and the boat fits nicely. My two complaints in that area: (1) my size 11.5 feet tend to hit the underside of the deck and (2) the seat is hard as a rock. I solved the latter with inflatable SeaLine seat and back pads, which can be velcroed on. They work like thermarest pads and can be easily adjusted for a custom fit.
I started looking for a bigger boat (in the 17-foot range), but am glad I settled on this length.
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