Raven and Fathom
Posted by: george4908 on Oct-02-12 10:47 PM (EST)
Being interested in these boats, I recently asked two Eddyline reps about the differences. Here's what they wrote:
>>While the specs are the same as the Fathom, they are two completely different kayaks. The Fathom is considered a medium to large cockpit (in terms of volume), while the Raven is a small to medium sized cockpit. The Fathom has very little stern rocker, while the Raven has a very loose stern (more rocker) for added maneuverability. The Fathom overall follows a Northwest design culture, while the Raven definitely has Brit lines. The Fathom has a near vertical stern to aid in tracking, and a slightly raked bow to add buoyancy, while the Raven has significantly raked bow and stern to increase playfulness in rough water, while increasing the waterline length when loaded for trips.
>>The Raven will not be as fast as the Fathom or Fathom LV. It will be more playful and more neutral on a wave. The Fathoms are better touring boats -- faster, more efficient, bigger hatch access. The Raven will fit you fine and is really a playful blast. Still, if I had to cover distance I'm going Fathom (either size). But, I'm often just playing around and the Raven is great for that and will reward your skills even more than a Fathom. I didn't think it was possible but they are very different boats. Surfing....Raven. No questions there. Tracking...Fathom. You may find the Fathom LV very close to your Samba so if you plan to add to your quiver and keep the Samba then maybe the Raven will fill more diversity within your fleet. If I'm wearing a helmet I'm in the Raven.
(Also note that while Eddyline used the name Raven on an earlier boat, this new one is significantly different. Reviews on p.net for the older Raven won't apply here.)
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