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The rudder is solid, I crashed on some big surf and the rudder got a little bent, but I'm quite surprised it didn't snap in two. That happened right after I bought this off Craigslist used, at 14 years old. The boat looked like it had been in the water a hand full of times..
The cockpit is extremely spacious as previous reviews stated. I prefer the stock seat over a modified one and I found it very comfortable with a little foam on the bottom.
In the ocean I feel fast in the surf zone and without sacrificing any performance. On the river I have not done much more than class II but I have no doubts this thing will do well in any class III river I might go down based upon previous experience.
The kayak has a huge rear compartment for a multitude of camping gear and the bulkheads are water tight.
This kayak is great for my fishing too. In fact that's all I use it for. I'd like to try a few other brands but I don't have enough money to buy all the kayaks I'd like to try. So my experience is limited but I feel confident with this boat. I'll give it a 9. The only way I could give it a 10 was if the front hatch had more space, by changing the hull design up front in order to accommodate that idea.
I'm building a wood strip boat this winter. Same size, but with more rocker. Want to see if that will help make a boat this big a little more playful in the waves.
All & all the Titan is a great boat for a big guy. Most guys who paddle kayaks are 6' and weigh in at 170 pounds or less. I wish I did, there's so many boats out there to choose from if you're tall and lean. But hey, with more body fat I'll last longer in the cold waters of Lake Superior!
When on Lake Superior with rolling waves it feels like I'm in a rocking chair. It's quite nice. A very stable boat to say the least. Rigging is fine. Hatches are great. No leaks at all. Once in a while you need to adjust the straps on the hatches to tighten them down, but it's no big deal. Slanted rear bulkhead is cool when dumping the boat.
Cockpit is the best part of this boat. It's huge! I love all the room inside. I can bend my knees to 90* to stretch out. At 57 I don't bend like I used to, so the 35 x 17.5 cockpit is really easy for me to get into. That extra length really helps! The seat is good, no complaints. Backband works well, never have to fuss with it when getting in. It is sort of big, "pizza pan syndrome". It does not stick out above the coming however, it's just wide, port to starboard I think it is limiting rotation somewhat.
This winter I'm gonna take it out and build a fixed minicell backrest, and try that for a while, or go to a Snapdragon band maybe. At 5-10, 240 pounds this boat really works for me. I'm in northern Wisconsin if anybody's in the area, and would like to demo my boat.
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