It weighs 40 lbs.
I love the handling of the Vagabond - easy tracking, responsive to paddle input and very maneuverable, but it seems a little more work to move along with just me in it than my smaller (shorter) solos seem to be.
I haven't had it on moving water, but would expect it to be great for that. The bow gunwales are quite flared, which I would expect to aid riding over waves.
I've only spent about 30 minutes in a Hemlock Kestrel and that was at least 4 years ago, so I can't compare the two.
It's a really tough decision for me to sell my Vagabond, but I don't do any tripping and My Curtis Lady Bug seems to require less effort for me to keep moving at a moderately fast cruising pace than my Vagabond when doing timed laps around our local small city lake. If I had unlimited space & money, the Vagabond wouldn't be going anywhere.
I definitely prefer the squared off float tanks in the Curtis & Hemlock boats compared to the rounded off float tanks of the Bell & Placid boats. I feel that if you're going to have something in the ends of your boat taking up space, they ought to at least have a flat surface to function as a little shelf to rest your spare paddle blade on. Another advantage of the squared off float tanks is that the vertical surface directs any water that's in the boat out of the boat when you turn it over, rather than under the decks, like the rounded off float tanks do.
The Curtis Vagabond is a great handling boat.
URCHIN Portable Anchor
Classic Freestanding Rack
Touring Kayak Paddles
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