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The decision to purchase a Vision 150 was correct. I love the boat with its backrest and adjustable seat. It handles nicely and glides easily through the water. In July 2013 I took the boat to Toms River NJ and found the bay / water to be very choppy (2 ft waves with a lot of boat wake / traffic) and fairly strong winds. Very rough conditions for a kayak. Although my wife (she has a Necky Elisa) and I were a little concerned with the rough water and wind, the Vision 150 pulled through with no problem (a few scary moments).
I was very satisfied with the performance of the boat. The only issue I have with the 150 is that at the Jersey shore, at the start of an evening adventure, the rudder decided to stop working. I didn't really need it, but I still want it to work. The lack of a rudder did not affect the evening trip out in the bay. The water was mostly smooth and calm. But during high winds and 2 foot swells, I would like the use of the rudder.
I would recommend this boat and am very satisfied (except with the rudder problem) which will be repaired VERY soon. I would like it more if it were made in the USA.
But, what I like best about this boat is it’s efficiency. Every stoke you expend goes directly into the boat. While coasting at a relaxed rate in calm water you can take a pause between strokes and just glide for a while; take another few strokes and glide some more. From a dead stop you can reach cruising speed quickly—little wasted energy... exactly what a yak should be. This boat handles rough water quite well but, has a tendency to cut right through waves instead of riding them.
This kayak is also extremely good in the wind, probably due in part to it's low profile. The wind just doesn't seem to affect it. Secondary stability is also quite good but, there is no definite point where you can ride on edge. You just reach a point of no return—a quality I don't like. I prefer a hard chine.
One complaint I have was a leak in the front hatch but, it was an easy fix. The circular hatch rim is riveted to the deck and had no caulking. I caulked it myself and now both hatches are bone dry even when submerged. This should have been done at the factory and looks bad on the manufacturer.
The 15' version has an excellent ratio of length vs width allowing for good efficiency and decent speed, but certainly not up to par with a fast, full fledged sea kayak. An easy going, relaxed paddle rate was equivalent to a fast paced walk. A steady paddle rate of 60 to 70 strokes per minute would probably equal a slow jog. (calm water) I am very satisfied with the efficiency of this yak. It reaches cruising speed quite fast and has decent glide characteristics.
As a novice I am limited in my ability to render an in-depth review, but I would rate the initial stability as good and secondary stability as very good. The craft handled well in 2' swells and white caps-- confidence inspiring for a relative novice. The rudder is a great accessory but, there can be a tendency to over use it as a substitute for good technique. While you certainly don't need it to track straight, it does help on turns. Perhaps this is why it is standard on the 150 series and an option on the shorter 140 model.
There was a very, very small amount of water which managed to leak through the rear bulkhead, probably through the steering lines. This occurred in rough water and while I would have preferred a perfectly dry compartment, it was not enough to concern me. The front hatch which was continually bombarded and at times submerged in water was bone dry, probably due to the double hatch cover.
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