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I just received my RTM Midway from Masthead in South Florida (one of the few RTM importers in the U.S.). I settled on this design after a lot of research and eventually decided its speed and advertised weight capacity of 355 would fit me quite nicely. While, the previous reviewer gave it low marks due to water in the scupper holes and marginal turning capability, as well as, poor stability, I would say it is the fastest sit-on-top you can buy for the money! While, I will have to lose weight in order to take full advantage of its speed, and I believe the weight capacity to be GROSSLY overstated, it is FAST! I use a 240cm Aqua-Bound Manta Ray carbon fiber paddle with a high angle stroke. Due to the narrow beam of this kayak, I will be getting a shorter paddle.
I am amazed at the quality of this roto-molded kayak and all the thought that went into its design. It's initial stability takes a little getting used to, but I believe this to be a product of the market--most SOT kayaks have become lumbering barges, while this one is a sleek narrow--did I mention FAST?--design. You can find the edge of its secondary stability, but I have not fully tested it to capsize.
I have the optional thigh brace, which most reviewers dislike. I LOVE IT! It adds a nice touch of stability and control when properly adjusted and is easier for entry/exit from the kayak (especially in the event of a capsize--compared to leg straps). Its stainless steel hardware, multiple tiedown points, spare paddle carrier, paddle carrier on each side, recess for diving pole and many other features make this an EXCELLENT intermediate kayak. I believe I'd have to move to a less useful wave ski to get anything faster, and for under $900, I would consider it a best-buy.
Once I lose the 30 lbs, it could easily be a 9.5 on the 10 point scale. I currently take 3 full points due to a GROSSLY inaccurate advertised weight capacity.
The length is 14'9" and 26" wide. Weight of the bare hull is 52#. The yak has very good glide and paddles easily with a 220-230 cm paddle. Initial stability is fair upon entry and sitting still, it improves under motion. Secondary stability is good. If you anchor or stake out the boat in heavy current or higher winds the stability is only fair, it is not conducive to fishing.
The yak is more of a fitness/touring type craft, with excellent tracking and glide. As expected manuverability is a little slow but not bad. The main negative with the yak is there is always some water where the scupper plugs are, and the drain channels meant to drain the seat work in reverse at times chanelling water to the seat area where there is no drainage.
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