Bought a 1992 Kevlar Arluk III from an Alaskan transplant to Texas in Sept. 2008. Got it for a steal at $500 and absolutely love it!
Very Fast, maneuverable and handles the rough choppy Texas lakes with ease. I give it a 9 as it was not designed for someone with big feet which can make it a little uncomfortable on long paddles. Changed out the seat which did improve it considerably, but I still get numbness in my legs on long paddling excursions.
Haven't loaded her down yet to see how she handles with gear, but I have heard from her previous owner that fully loaded, she is
extremely stable and tracks even better than when empty. Overall, she is a pleasure to paddle. Will be keeping this one for many years to come.It's odd that a boat that has been around so long has not been reviewed yet, so here goes. It's fast and easy to paddle in rough conditions. The volume is surprisingly 'medium' considering its length and 23" beam, and is as light as many shorter glass boats. While the secondary stability is not as great as with boats with higher freeboard and chines, its design allows waves to pass under the boat without grabbing. Both my girlfriend (115#) and myself (200#) both enjoy paddling it. It tracks straight but will make 45 degree course corrections easily. Full turn arounds take some room though. It is the only boat that I have owned that truly has watertight hatches from the get-go. In 2 years I have only used the rudder once and found that it works great, kind of a shame to have a great rudder on a hull design that doesn't need one. While it's not my first choice in surfing wind waves, its not ill-mannered either. I took off a point because its nose pearls easily.
If it where a car it would be a 7-series BMW. I hope other Arluk owners will share their thoughts as well.