Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-13 7:38 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
Has anyone here paddled one or have opinions of the boat?
It looks like it would be a great little play boat for the surf.
Would be interested in hearing how it compares to other boats in this category like the Romany (with which I am quite familiar) and a bit about the fit--the Romany is a little small for me personally but the Aries seems like it may be slightly bigger.
Last, I notice that some dealers are selling them cheap right now. Is this an indicator that they are modifying the hull for next year's version?
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Adding a hatch|
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-16-13 8:19 AM (EST)
2013 models are getting a day hatch making it uniform with the 4 hatch layout of the Cetus. Utterly no hull changes planned.
Have only paddled the Delphin, but...|
Posted by: t.george on Mar-17-13 7:33 AM (EST)
Recently purchased a Sterling Reflection which IMO far outperforms either. If getting "a deal" is not most the important factor & you can be patient to get one, you owe it to yourself to try one out. I made the mistake of demoing one & ended up owning it.
What a review!|
Posted by: Jaybabina on Mar-17-13 9:08 AM (EST)
If the little of everything...|
Posted by: wavespinner on Mar-17-13 6:44 PM (EST)
...includes a lot of flatwater, I'd guess Marshall has something more suitable. I have a Delphin and its rocker, hard chines and slim beam move it to the head of its class in surf and rough water. But, it isn't fast and it doesn't have much glide.
I hear it is slow|
Posted by: FrankNC on Mar-17-13 7:21 PM (EST)
To me it seems that the slowest paddlers are in Romanys, but I hear the Delphin/ Aries is even slower. I cannot fit in a Romany so I cannot report in person. But I do fit in the 15.5 Delphin and it is slower than a fast sea kayak.
Jay, going fast. |
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-18-13 7:43 AM (EST)
Moved from an Alchemy L|
Posted by: wavespinner on Mar-18-13 8:09 AM (EST)
Went from the Alchemy L to the Delphin 155 and picked up some speed/efficiency. I tip the scales at 188 but not sure if that makes much difference in this case. Both nice boats but neither was designed with the primary mission being to carry a load over distance. I may be flaying a deceased dobbin here, but the context is that a friend was recently sold a Delphin as a "great sea kayak" and it hasn't worked out well. If you won't be covering distances on a regular basis but will be messing in frothy stuff, the fun doesn't get much better than a Delphin.
When it gets choppy ...|
Posted by: Kocho on Mar-18-13 3:47 PM (EST)
... And especially with nice sized following seas, the Delphin and Aries will not only keep pace but outpace some longer sleeker craft that in the flats are faster...