After researching for months now, I am looking at purchasing a QCC400X seakayak. I am a small female, and am looking to purchase the kevlar/carbon model. Does anyone have one of these and how would you rate it?
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Posted by: magooch on Mar-31-13 10:44 AM (EST)
What advantage do you expect from kevlar--other than a pound, or two difference in weight?
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-31-13 10:54 AM (EST)
OP specified carbon/kevlar, which is a nice light but stiff combination.
Specs off QCC site |
Posted by: dc9mm on Mar-31-13 11:15 AM (EST)
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Posted by: rainynights on Mar-31-13 1:30 PM (EST)
I have two kayaks now that weigh #44lbs & #39lbs. I can lift both of them. But I fear getting a kayak that's longer and heavier for fear I won't be able to lift it. I just figured lighter is better. I really don't know much about the construction of these kayaks other than what I read on-line. And I still don't understand alot of it. I guess that's why I went with the kevlar combo.
Posted by: radiomix on Mar-31-13 11:58 AM (EST)
All their boats are well made and paddle nicely. If you are real small you could consider the other little boat, whose name is escaping me. 10x or something like that. Under normal use you won't have to repair it, so go as light as your budget allows. Good luck.
Posted by: rainynights on Mar-31-13 1:23 PM (EST)
I was also looking at the 10X model. It probably would be a better fit for me. Thanks!
Have you looked for local owners?|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-31-13 11:58 AM (EST)
I know that local in Wisconsin can mean a long drive, but before spending that kind of money I suggest that you ask QCC for owners nearest you so that you could go and sit in one of these. I checked out the specs - I am seeing 12 inches at the rear and 14 inches at the front of the cockpit.
Demo in Madison|
Posted by: rainynights on Mar-31-13 1:36 PM (EST)
According to QCC's website, Rutabaga in Madison has these kayaks to demo. I'm going down there in a few weeks for a kayak rolling class and I'm going to see if they have any I can sit in. I'd definitely like to try it out on the water. After reading your post, I'd hate to spend that type on money and not have long enough arms to paddle it the right way.
Posted by: Fadedred on Mar-31-13 3:05 PM (EST)
might want to tell your weight and height. Small can mean different things. If you are stuck on getting a QCC, then the 10x is for the "small" the 400 is a larger volume boat and will not be the best for "small"or not at all for "petite"
I have the Q400|
Posted by: carldelo on Mar-31-13 3:16 PM (EST)
Haven't tried a QCC but...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Mar-31-13 3:18 PM (EST)
...if you are interested in rolling, it helps (at least for me) to have a low rear deck. Depending on just how tall/short you are, you might find yourself up to your elbows in that cockpit.
Posted by: LeeG on Mar-31-13 5:38 PM (EST)
How small are you? My 400X is loose |
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-31-13 5:48 PM (EST)
on me at 5'6" and 165 lbs and is a lot of work for me to edge, but it's very easy to enter and exit, because of it's depth, so my wife, who's shorter and lighter, but rather stiff, still prefers it over the smaller kayaks that actually fit her better once she's in them, but she uses the rudder full time and has no interest in edging or rolling.
Maybe to big|
Posted by: shiraz627 on Mar-31-13 8:28 PM (EST)
I used to have a 400X and found it to be to wide a boat for me. I am 5'6" 170lbs.
There is a 400x on Chicago craigslist..|
Posted by: jaws on Mar-31-13 9:05 PM (EST)
I think it is kevlar for $1200. Owner claims it is mint. Might be worth looking in to as you would likely get your money out of it if you don't like it.
I'm glad I asked!|
Posted by: rainynights on Mar-31-13 10:13 PM (EST)
Wow....I didn't think I'd get so much info from one question. Thank-you to everyone that replied. Your advice is very helpful to me. I also recieved an email that suggested looking at the NC Kayaks. Which are built to your specs as the QCC are. I've been reading about these kayaks and they also get excellent reviews. NC recommends not buying kevlar.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Apr-01-13 9:18 AM (EST)
I think a 400x is to wide of a boat for you. I think a Q10x would be better.
We have had a bunch of QCC's and I ...|
Posted by: Jackl on Apr-01-13 9:34 AM (EST)
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-01-13 1:52 PM (EST)
I noticed the Walrus Griffin on the Water Walker web site, it's a new design that would fit you well: 13'11" by 21.75". It's worth a look, as it is a bona fide sea kayak for smaller paddlers. The outfitting of these boats looks very good (pedals, deck fittings, backband, etc).
I'd like to try the Griffin.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-01-13 7:38 PM (EST)
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-01-13 8:55 PM (EST)
...but I think I'm too big - the Q400 is pretty perfect for me.
Posted by: rainynights on Apr-01-13 7:59 PM (EST)
Thank-You! I'll check it out.
No need to lift a boat|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-01-13 12:51 PM (EST)
This is a common misconception when people come from rec boats, because they are commonly lifted. But there is no need to actually carry the full weight of a boat if you are willing to invest in a bit of equipment and allocate more time to load and offload the boat.
Towels or mats & wind not compatible.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-01-13 1:33 PM (EST)
Frustrated me to place them and then have the wind move them before I could load or unload the boat.
Posted by: Celia on Apr-01-13 5:55 PM (EST)
I haven't seen anyone do this without somewhat securing the blanket or towel to a rack on the back of the car, and it is advisable to do so anyway because otherwise the boat can move them around as you slide it up.
Posted by: rainynights on Apr-01-13 8:06 PM (EST)
I really don't have to lift my kayak very far. My boyfriend built me a kayak trailer. It's awesome and I just have to lift the kayak up about 3 feet or so to put in on the trailer. I also have a kayak cart from LLBean and it works great for when I need to travel a distance to the water. I guess I worry about the weight of the kayak, more than I should.