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Reviews for Marlin Kayak by Prijon


Rated: 7.67/10 Based On: 3 Reviews

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08-17-2014
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Rating: 8 of 10

     I recently purchased an almost like new 2009 Prijon Marlin HTP and I'm really happy with my choice. It's beautiful in the water. I'm 52 and a larger guy at 6'2" and 225 lbs. so wanted a larger boat (this one is 17.5') to handle my size and long legs but one that was still sleek and fast. I am a barely intermediate skill yaker with only about 50 hours on the water so far. I had been renting a Prijon Seayak - which I also enjoyed and was actually looking for one to purchase. But once I test paddled the Marlin there was no question the Marlin would be the perfect boat for me to further my skills. This was my first kayak purchase.

This boat is fast, fits me like a glove (I didn't care for boats with larger cock pits), has a comfortable seat and seat back, and stable. The day hatch in front of the cockpit within easy reach is a great feature. I had read about the scratch resistant and strong hull of the Prijon boats and having spent most of my paddling time in Prijon boats I'm sold.

There is one draw back - I've had trouble obtaining replacement parts (hatch covers, for example.) The Prijon website is not helpful and needs to be overhauled. I would score this boat a 10 if I had a source for replacement parts.

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05-16-2012
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Rating: 5 of 10

     This boat looks a little ungainly out of the water, but cruising along the German roots show through in the uncanny way it resembles a U-boat.

This is my fiancee's first boat. So far we have one big beef with this boat: The combing seems to be oversized. It take two men and a healthy young boy to get the spray skirt on. We can get it on but I could see plenty of females and possibly some men having trouble detaching the skirt after capsize. My G/F did. Prijon makes their own skirts, this may solve the problem. This is a serious safety issue- I've experienced it with her on two occasions to date. The RM body and hull are very rigid and in general it's thoughtfully constructed.

The design of the seat takes some getting used to, if you have seat problems (we did) make sure all your shock cords are in position. The owners manual doesn't mention this.

The low rating has everything to do with the oversized combing and the safety issues this presents.

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11-07-2011
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I have paddled this boat since spring 2011, and the more I use it, the more I like it. Most of my experience had been in a Manitou 14 so the Marlin was a big change for me. Initially the boat felt somewhat loose, but after a short period of adjustment and learning to relax in the cockpit that went away. The secondary stability on this boat is great. I have been out in some very windy/choppy water and the marlin handles it with ease. The Marlin turns/handles surprisingly well for a boat this long; putting and holding it on edge was much easier than I expected. I got the boat with the rudder and recommend it. The rudder is not a necessity, but just makes cross winds and rough water a non-issue. The Marlin is fast, comfortable, and most importantly, fun to paddle.
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