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  Pintail v Avocet
  Posted by: jsmarch on Sep-01-12 8:59 AM (EST)

The Avocet is a great kayak--basically a Pintail made palatable for the masses. The Pintail on the other hand is a delight in the hands of someone who knows how to work it and it does need to be worked. Plus, how can anyone not love the upswept ends modeled on the Pintail duck--they are worth the price of admission. Hmmm, maybe am talking myself into hanging on to mine . Back when I had two kayaks--an NDK Explorer and the Pintail--the latter was my go to the surf zone and teaching kayak. Super maneuverable, it made getting around in teaching and reverse figure eights ridiculously easy. Did I say fun to surf and fun to play in clapotis? I don't think that there's anything out there that is quite like it though there are many "better" kayaks. For me the big downside to the Pintail is the low top end. At about 4 knots the bow wave begins to enlarge and after that it is all effort--not a problem in rough stuff but not what you want for point A to B paddles. The Avocet solves this problem (sort of) but at the expense of the fun aspect of the Pintail.

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