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The kayak is also extremely heavy and the length, as stated above, makes storage and transportation a chore.
Had I known about all of these inconveniences ahead of time, I probably would have purchased a different model. However, the kayak does serve it's purpose quite well in terms of actual functioning in water. I have a rudder so steering is not a problem for me at all. And though the primary stability is a bit shaky, the secondary stability is rock solid. I have never tipped my kayak and I have been out in some fairly rough conditions. I have had this kayak for over a year now, and though it can be a pain in the neck as far as upkeep and storage are concerned, I have definitely gotten plenty of use out of it.
I use the boat mostly on flat inland lakes in Mich. I'm 5'8 and 185 pounds. I find the boat tracks like an arrow, it has no rudder, it doesn't need one to go straight, and only in stiff winds does it tend to turn into the wind. Itís actually pretty hard for a rookie to turn, but that might be my skill level, you have to concentrate and 'execute' if you want to turn quickly. (the dents in the bottom may make mine worse than without)
I find it roomy and very comfortable, I never get sore or numb spots, and I have paddled it for 4 hours at a time with no stopping/stretching. It has a large broad adjustable back-band that supports your back very well. Itís also a nice dry ride, only in choppy wavy conditions are you sitting in a puddle, which then drains out the scupper hole quickly.
It is heavy (near 80#), unless you are big and strong, you will need a wheel set to move it very far. The boat sits high on the water, and so does the paddler, (I have never paddled it 'loaded'). Its very stable, I have never come close to 'falling out'. In fact I never fell-out on purpose to try the 'ease of getting back in'.
My impression is that the boat is not that 'efficient' .. it seems other boats I paddled would glide longer than this one after stopping paddling. But I can still do 12 miles in less than 3 hours (as a 'not-in-great-shape' rookie).
Drawbacks > weight, dents, slow turning, not super fast or efficient. Itís my first boat, I can't complain for $600 (with paddle).
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