Looking for some info on the Seaward Aurora. I just purchased a boat in real good shape manufactured 2005. Having a difficult time locating good info on this boat. I'm hoping some owners out there can help. Is it a good boat? I needed a bigger cockpit and this one has plenty of room for me. I have been told conflicting numbers on how much weight it can carry - paddler and cargo. I wrote Seaward and they replied 300 lbs. I had heard 400lbs so I replied back and asked if the 300lb # was a typo. They replied back, 350lbs but like to err on the light side. I wrote a Seaward distributor kayak shop in Portland and received a more thorough response (answered all my questions)and they stated 425 lbs. Any idea? Also, the hatches are not covered with a neoprene cover but hard cover with gaskets. Any owners have issues with the hatch covers leaking??? Any info appreciated. Thank you.
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Posted by: ezwater on Mar-13-14 12:31 AM (EST)
capacity in sea kayaks has an unavoidable element of subjectivity. Once you are used to the way the boat behaves at a day touring load, add the amount of weight you would need if you were going to camp for a couple of overnights. See how it feels then. The boat should tell you whether putting even more weight aboard will make it handle badly.
Posted by: Hammahamma on Mar-13-14 5:02 PM (EST)
Thanks G2D. Just got back from my first paddle with the new-old boat. It doesn't cut like my old one but the cockpit is bigger and I have more leg room. Trades off I can handle. I'll play with it and figure it out. Thanks again for your input.