Looking for as close to a do-it-all 'yak as I can find now that storage is an issue. I have spotted that nice Xcite Hardcore on the boards but also found a Cetus MV and a Nordkapp LV (both new) for the same price.
I have paddled a Nordy LV but not the Cetus MV or Xcite - so would anyone with experience think either of these boats would a better choice than the Nordy LV for an all rounder?
I would use it for playing in surf, bumpy water and doing trips < 15 miles with a light kit. I have paddled surfskis/racing kayaks so stability is not a big issue.
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XCite does it for me|
Posted by: RubricOfRuin on Sep-03-13 1:13 PM (EST)
Tried 2 of these...|
Posted by: nebeginner on Sep-03-13 2:01 PM (EST)
.... Went with a Nordlow. The Cetus didn't fit me as we'll, and just didn't feel right overall. It was the first Sweed form boat I tried, so maybe that had something to do with it. Nice boat, well made...
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Posted by: magooch on Sep-03-13 10:51 PM (EST)
Take a good look at and demo an Eddyline Raven. I've paddled all the boats mentioned and I thought the Raven was the real deal for an all-arounder. Or for that matter, just a very good sea kayak.
Oh no not me ...|
Posted by: nebeginner on Sep-04-13 3:30 AM (EST)
I'm not looking for a boat. The OP is though.
What suits you|
Posted by: wavespinner on Sep-04-13 8:03 AM (EST)
I have a Nordkapp and have paddled the other two (owned by friends). All are great boats for your purposes. But, they do have their unique traits and it comes down to how they feel when you paddle them. For that level of investment, I would rely on your own impressions, not opinions of others.
Posted by: OCD_Yakker on Sep-04-13 10:10 AM (EST)
Agree with the first response regarding the strength and stiffness of the Tiderace boats. I have owned several of them (Xtra, Pace) and have found the build quality to be excellent. The P&H boats come in a close second though with the Valley boats not far behind. (my experience of course) All three companies also have provided excellent customer service too - and that is important to me as well.
Cetus MV of course|
Posted by: Marshall on Sep-04-13 1:54 PM (EST)
A used carbon/kevlar one with metal flake dark blue deck and red seam and keel strip, in particular.
North Shore |
Posted by: brodie on Sep-22-13 12:23 AM (EST)
I would add to your list the North Shore Atlantic as well. Great all around boat, nicely built and outfitted.
Posted by: OCD_Yakker on Sep-23-13 7:30 PM (EST)
I went with a '12 Xcite - the build quality, stiffness, and handling was too much to pass on. I admit that the Cetus MV took a close second - but since my main focus is paddles under 10 miles and surfing/rough water play, the Xcite moved to the front.
That's the thing with the NordLow|
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-24-13 6:51 AM (EST)
It feels great to play and trip but if you find yourself over your own limits, it will not help you like a Cetus or some other boats would...
Posted by: OCD_Yakker on Sep-27-13 7:51 AM (EST)
The Nordlow I had lives in NC I believe...tried to get her back after I sold her but the guy loves her too much to part with her. Saw Youtube footage of him taking her out into hurricane Sandy last year and I can see why. He is obviously a better paddler than I will ever be!
Got it. I think the days of ...|
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-27-13 1:28 PM (EST)
... Sell-off of Nordlows by owners who determined these are not the right kayaks for them are over :(
Posted by: natehanson on Sep-27-13 10:50 AM (EST)
Those three boats have really different fits and feels, in my opinion. You'll just have to try them. The xcite has a different paddler position from the other too. And the Nordkapp has a distinctly different hull shape than the other two. Any might be a good all-rounder, but you'll have to see what's right for you.
You really need try a Tahe Greenland T|
Posted by: dong on Sep-29-13 7:07 PM (EST)
This is a medium volume kayak that is a joy to paddle. Until I paddled one I had no idea that there was a kayak that was so responsive and neutral in any condition. If you haven't paddled one you won't understand. If your looking for a great all around kayak you must give it a try.