Reviews for Mill Creek 13 Kayak by Chesapeake Light Craft
Based On: 2 Reviews
07-25-2003Submitted by: ---
This novice paddler likes the Mill Creek 13 a lot. I built it from plans provided by CLC, but kits are available too. It is an open cockpit kayak best suited to protected waters. It tracks very well for such a relatively short boat. (13 feet) It is very fast for someone used to canoes. It was a little tippy at first for me, a novice, but secondary stability is amazing. At first, I wouild lean it as far as I would dare, expecting it to flip, but I soon learned that it can be leaned ridiculously far before it will flip. But water is threatening to come into the cockpit at that point anyway. In calm water tests, I was able to climb back into the cockpit without a paddlefloat to aid me.
This is a fun, all around kayak. I'm 6'3" and it fits me fine. Kids who have paddled it haven't had any trouble either. I didn't like the wooden seat that CLC provides, so I made one out of minicell foam. I've only paddled it in calm water with light to medium winds, so can't comment on any other conditions.
06-03-2002Submitted by: LeeG
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The Mill Creek 13 is a s&g recreational kayak. Construction is simple requiring simple tools and skills, the manuals could use some improvement. The 13 is a nice little kayak because the option of sliding fore/aft enables one to manage in a lot of different conditions, the bottom panel is just narrow enough to allow some leaning/wave handling yet still is easy to step into at shore. It'll pound a bit in choppy water. Good simple boat.
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