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Submitted: 08-23-1999 by Jonathan

I've only had my storm for a couple of months and so far I am very pleased. The boat is surprisingly quick and handles quite well. On moderate to light seas it is a dream, as the initial stability makes it quite comfortable, yet tracks quite well. On heavier seas it can be great, too, except when following seas are hitting you from the quaters. It handles anything from the front quarter beautifully, even near-shore, lightly breaking waves, and can hold up to some pretty strong beam seas. Getting quartered from the rear can be very frustrating. It seems that if you find the right angle for the waves you can get a good push out of them, but if the waves aren't very regular or you can't find just the right angle, she'll fight to come abeam more than is fun. It feels quite stiff for plastic, and may very well be the best thing short of fiberglass. Since I take it through locks a couple of times a month, it's nice not to feel the "ouch" of scratching a nice glass boat. If you're looking a good boat to get good in I highly reccommend it. Beginners won't be shy while "taking off the training wheels" as the rudder is so easy to pop in and out, and there is plenty of control to the shape without the "twitchiness" of some sharper keels. It's an excellent boat for beginners and a good boat for intermediates.
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