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Submitted: 01-02-2013 by Aardvark

So the Orca has been out of print for quite a while, and these boats have been polarly loved and hated over time. As I see it, the issue that P&H had was to try to sell this boat as a simple, comfy, paddler for everyman. It isn't. Take a look at the hard chines and the higher rocker of the hull. Note the high sides and big volume bow. This thing likes waves and surf and splashing around. It also likes a bit of weight. Hard chined plastic hulls aren't that common, and P&H's triple ply hulls are bomber. The tradeoff ( by design) is that the boat is a bit twirly without the rudder which is great for play. Not great for speed. Also, hard chined boats can surprise those coming from soft edged or round hull boats (see previous reviews).

Bottom line - super fun and reliable in the rough, indestructible and lively but not for everyone. These almost never come up for sale used, but I would grab up a second if I could find one. If you want a simple flatwater daytripper look elsewhere.

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