Posted by: old_user on Dec-10-12 6:21 PM (EST)
I've paddled the Stellar S18 (and S14) and really enjoyed this fast boat. In a very brief nutshell it exceeds in speed and comfort, looks great, steers easily and tracks well. The stability is very smooth, and comfortable/fun to lay on edge. The layup is beautiful and lightweight. Negatives were that without the rudder I found it broaches very easily, and I had some major issues with superficial things like quality of outfitting, such as the assembly of the rudder and where the foot pegs glue to the inner hull, and rudder control lines binding, and squeaky seat. I believe most of these superficial issues were part of a learning curve that has since been addressed. The quality of the layup (deck and hull) is superb however, with a beautiful light-honey-colored honeycomb. I have high hopes for the faster S18R, especially since the S18 is already exceedingly fast and felt more stable than I needed. I've also paddled the Tiderace Pace 18, another exceedingly fast kayak and loved it as well. I could not say which is faster but probably liked the S18 slightly more. I find the S18 to be faster than my 15-year old Seda Glider and Seda Impulse and much more pleasant to paddle than a Nelo Moskito FW2000, which is of course faster.
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