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The good thing about this kayak is that it is roomy and stable, with a good, comfortable seat and lots of storage both front and aft. I've found it to be a nice kayak for paddling around on small, local lakes. If you have to negotiate a stream, however, forget it. It tracks poorly, hangs on seemingly every rock, and you will expends LOTS of energy paddling through those long, still stretches of water. Just yesterday, I did a 17-mile trip with a friend of mine and it fought me every step of the way. I really wish we could have traded boats about halfway through the trip.
If you want to use your kayak for something other than lake fishing, I suggest you get something with a keel.
I love this kayak and wish it was still made because I'd by another one in a heart beat.
We like the low ride height. Because of this, with a specially designed plywood rack we are able to fit our 3 kayaks in the back of a small pickup truck.
This little kayak has introduced many of our friends to kayaking too. We have 4 Critters/Blast and have not looked back or wanted anything else. Our touring is generally limited to 3-5 hours or half day trips.
The only modifications we made were for comfort and safety. We added seat pads and recovery ropes, (a lesson we learned on a fast stream where we almost lost the craft.) We started Kayaking 5 years ago. I was 10. Now I developed a technique where, because of the flat bottom, I can slide down steep banks and gain entry into ponds that don't have "perfect" entry points.
This little kayak really helped us enjoy the nature in our backyard we took for granted.
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