This has got to be one of the best Kelvar sea kayaks you can buy. My boat loves the waves, is quick and agile, and tracks like a rail. Its cockpit is big enough for a large person, yet control is great.
All this for a price I could afford.
I'm very confident when taking the boat out in rough conditions and I haven’t noticed any tendency to wheathercock. The hull provides the exact right amount of stability and responsiveness.
This boat is very well build and capable of hauling a lot of cargo. I also love the little features, like a stainless eye-hook in front, which allows me to lock the boat to my car with a steel cable.
It is a beautiful boat and whenever I mention the price, folks find it unbelievable. I highly recommend it.This is my second kayak, I started with a 12’2" Perception Acadia 27 1/2" wide rec. kayak and wanted to get a high quality Kevlar sea/touring kayak.
Ron Haxby, the owner of Pacific Star Kayaks, is an experienced kayak builder and a nice person to work with.
My kayak weighs 55 pounds because Ron doubled the Kevlar layup in the hull for me (I am 6’2”, 215 pounds) and he outfitted the boat with a wider than standard seat. I like this customized touch and appreciate the solid workmanship Ron put into my boat.
Coming from the 27 1/2" Arcadia with extraordinary initial stability, the narrower sea/touring kayak needed some time to get used to. But since I did, I feel very save and relaxed in the boat even out on the Coos Bay in high wind and very choppy conditions.
Especially when loaded with some cargo the boat reaches its full potential. It is a very safe and stury craft.
The entire boat is very well built, nice and solid work. The only thing I had to do was some fine-tuning on the backrest. Maneuverability is great for an 18’ boat and tracking is extraordinary. As far as I am concerned, the boat handles wind and waves very well, but I have to admit that I am not an expert paddler in open sea conditions.
Since I have this boat I did not paddle my old boat anymore. I find this a great boat and can recommend it to anyone.An honest 48# (including hatches, compass and seat)(weighed it myself!) (18 ft x 22.5) I have had this boat for three months now, and have found it to be quite enjoyable. Comes standard with rudder, but have paddled it several times without rudder, and found the boat to be easy turning when edged, but tracks well in the straightaways. I have not noticed a tendancy to weathercock, it seems pretty much neutral in stiff breezes. The bow rides into waves well, not showing a tendancy to dive, and the foredeck sheds water well.
These boats are custom crafted in Port Townsend, WA by Ron Haxby, a solo operation. While the minute finish details may not measure up to the slickness of the mass produced boats, they are beautiful to see and paddle. They are also priced in a much more affordable range than most other builders (I could not have afforded a new Kevlar boat from anyone else!)
I added a Ritchie Kayacker deck mounted compass and additional aft deck rigging (standard rigging is only foredeck bungees)to complete the rig-out.
This is my second boat, moving up from a Northwest Pursuit RM, and I am amazed at the difference! Would not hesitate to recommend.