Length: 17' 0" - Width: 23.50" - Starting at: $1599.00See More Details about this Kayak
What I didn't like about the kayak was that the hatches leaked water. Not a problem during a trip, but after 30 minutes of rolling, the kayak has taken so much water, that it becomes unstable. I very frequently had to go to the shore to empty the hatches.
I also found that Boreal Design has been sloppy in certain technical details:
- the way the rudder is fixed to the fuselage is flimsy. During a rear collision the rudder might very well separate from the boat
- the back support is comfortable but flimsy. It can never last 5 seasons, probably less
- the most serious error: the way the rudder cable is fixed to the rudder: the rope is directly fixed to a bolt. This means that at every turn of the rudder, there is friction between the bolt and the cable. I replaced the bolt with a U form, that works as a hinge, so that there is no longer friction between the rudder bolt and the rudder cable.
I do not understand how Boreal Design can first design such a good kayak, and then be so very sloppy in technical details.
One negative point: after about 100 km the rudderline on the left snapped. That was due to a metal bushing in the kayak that had a slit on the bottom, that cut in the rudder line on each movement. I twisted the bushing about 180 degrees, and replaced the rudder line. Problem solved. One other thing: the way the rope is connected to each side of the rudder is a bit sloppy. It connects directly to a bolt around which it is fixed. This introduces wear and friction, something that can be avoided by a connector with a hinge. I bought 2 for less than 5 euro.
The 8 rating is because there is no 10, and I'm not 100% on the back rest. As for speed, it's not a sprinter, but comes to hull speed well, and is easy to maintain, my Inukshuks will stay in my quiver, I really can't see a reason to ever part with the part until I part with all.
The Inukshuk seems a LOT more stable than any of the high-end boats tested... and once under way seemed to glide along at a pretty good pace. It also handles white-cap waves on the CT river with ease while keeping me dry (something my 13' Dagger didn't do).
I agree with previous comments that the design, fit and finish are a step above common plastic boats. And because I beach the thing and drag it in sand gravel, sticks, etc, the forgiving plastic just makes more sense. It also turns pretty well with the rudder (which I didn't think I would like but now love) One caveat - the delrin block on my rudder broke, so I wrote to the company with hopes of getting a replacement (epoxy didn't do the trick). Other than that glitch, I think the boat is hard to beat for the price. A sensible, roomy, safe boat that gets a lot of compliments.
Also, I found that at 6'1 and 215 lbs., I didn't have the comfort I would have liked. A wider cockpit and maybe an added inch to the overall width of this boat would be great assets.
A very fast boat with great tracking and lots of room for gear. The upswept bow is a great feature for cutting through the waves, as well.
It is a sturdy product backed by outstanding service. Just last week the Delrin Block on the rudder cracked and I had FREE replacement in the mail before the week was out.
My next 'yak will be another Boreal.
The cockpit was easy to enter and exit...significant as I am 6'2" and 240lbs! It was VERY comfortable...seat, bracing, foot pegs, everything! The pegs are easy to adjust while underway, something I haven't seen in another boat, before or since. The rudder operated smoothly and easily...again not all that common.
Fit and finish are good, with a lot of features you wouldn't expect of an inexpensive boat. I can't tell you how dry she may be, but I suspect that won't be a problem. But I didn't care for her looks...she just didn't have that sleek, seagoing appearance...mt impression only. Yours may be different. And she didn't feel lively to me. A solid, dependable boat, but not exciting. I may have made a mistake, but I passed her up in favor of the more lively Eclipse. Just a matter of personal priorities. I may just get back to her someday...
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