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The size of the x-factor leaves virtually unlimited potential to accessorize. I installed flush mount rod holders all over the place as well as extra eyelets for bungee cord and a rope cleat for my anchor. Even with all of that, I am left with plenty of room for future ideas.
Last but not least, the stability of this thing is unreal, not sure I could capsize it if I tried. The width/stability leads to the size, which leads to some tiresome paddling in calm water in large lakes, but that is simply a function of physics, not to be held against the kayak.
Fishing the local lakes I stand and fly fish with out any problems at all. hardest trip ever was 6 mile paddle into a 20 MPH headwind going to Capers Island. she tracked well without a rudder, stayed dry when several Tarpons on the trip had water coming over the bow and leaked into the hull at the front hatch. With most of my gear stored in the hull it cut down the winds effect. love that front hatch.
I was very pleased with the quality of the improvements on this kayak. I prefer to stand & sight fish, and the ability to stand and get into some skinny water was amazing! great kayak!
The stability and ride of this big yak is awesome. It was great to fish out of and very convenient to reach storage compartments where tackle boxes, snacks, etc was stored. At one point, there was a power boat that came thru a no wake zone wide open and then shut it down quickly which I knew was going to lead to some serious wakes and rough conditions. I took two waves over the side but thankfully, being a sit on top....it drained great quickly. Also, all three hatches remained sealed and at the end of the day, there was no water inside...it was bone dry!! Thanks Malibu for this design and the water tight hatches!
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