Great kayak IF
Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-16-12 5:39 PM (EST)
IF it is made out of Polylink 3, which consists of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of plastic. The Cayugas were originally made of this material, but only briefly. The current Cayugas are made of a soft thinner rotomolded plastic.
How to recognize Polylink 3: The surface is shinier than rotomolded. It almost looks polished (and it takes a polish very well). It has tiny black flecks in the finish. It is visibly harder and smoother on the surface.
Polylink 3 is stiffer and harder than rotomolded plastic, which means faster and more durable. You really feel the difference when you paddle it, especially if you get yourself a good carbon paddle to go with it.
The Cayuga has an excellent hull shape. Even without a rudder it tracks and leans very well and can handle waves and rough water well. I would consider it seaworthy. A real workhorse.
It has excellent storage capacity for multi-day trips. I think you could easily do a week with it. I've done 5-day trips and had room to spare.
At the time the seat was one of the best you could buy. It's a bit outdated now but still better than some.
If this kayak is made of Polylink 3, buy it! It's very hard to find that kayak now. If it's in good shape and costs $700 or less, it's worth it.
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