This was my first kayak, I purchased it in Marquette Michigan. I paddled this boat up and down the inland rivers and spent a tremendous amount of time on lake superior. I would surf 6-8 foot waves when the break was good and take her for 3 day excursions. We went to the Apostle Islands and paddled all the way out to Devil Island one summer.
I miss my yellow little boat and hope whomever I sold it to is taking as good of care as she took of me. I would recommend this boat to anyone looking to get into the sport and wants to ride rivers and lakes. WoW, In 1996 I bought my SEACRET. Its now 2008.
I have paddled from Key West to Flamingo Fla. All 17 river basins in NC. I learned to maneuver the surf zone in Bogue inlet NC with her. Majority of the Outter banks in NC.
I have a Down Wind Rigg for sailing. Plus added an oversized rudder to help stabilize. The bow holds a large Airbag as water displacement bag. I stow my tent and sleeping pad and bag in dry bags in bow, then slide small airbag in and inflate to provide better displacement of H2o. In the Stern I place bottled H20 and food ,clothing and cook gear, rescue equipment. On the deck I added Eye rings to provide self-rescue line on deckedgeings. On bow I made spare paddle mount. Added a compass in the molded area provided. Currently added side handles and bow ,stern handles from the New Carry Handles available on market 2008.
I reinforced the bulkhead due to being on the ocean in it. I have had up to 507 lbs of me and my gear in it and had no problems. I have been in 8 ft breakers in Bogue inlet and the flatest waters too. Dragged it across sandbars on more than one occasion. I own 17 boats and have paddled 21 years. Not much this kayak can't do.Glad to see the fan club of a discontinued boat. For the money the boat is great. My first boat was a Seacret. I went to Virginia Tech and spent enormous amounts of time on the Virginia portion of the New River (mostly class I-II with two III's cleared safely). It has also seen extensive time on open water in and around the lower Chesapeake Bay as it is my primary fishing vessel (my new boat isn't stable enough to fish from).
Paddling Characteristics: -Tracks well considering it's rocker and short length. - Extremely maneuverable for a fourteen footer. -Slow: the best sustained speed I ever achieved was 4mph sustained for 2hours. For comparison, in my new boat I have made 6mph for three hours sustained. -weather cocks badly. I wouldn't recommend a rudder though. This boat is so maneuverable that it's fun to sprint through tight places like wooded swamps and marsh guts -Durability: I've beaten the crap out of it (at least 2 days per week) on the Shenandoah River during the low flows of the summers of '98 and '99. I've surfed it in surf to 4ft (hint: don't ride shorebreak in a 14ft boat). It's still pretty sound. -stability: primary>good secondary>unbelievable