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This kayak has handled surf, wake from huge barges, dolphins breaching all around me, all while carrying my Jack Russell Terrier on board (as masthead!). VERY stable kayak. Very versatile. Have flounder gigged from this boat, though it is not what is now considered a "fishing" kayak. She's not the prettiest kayak on the water after all these years, but has never lost any of its durability. All parts are still attached and have lived in salt-water conditions, without a cover, for over 10 years with no rusting or decay.
A very good kayak for those who want to ride the surf or any water with a tide. Does not ride well in still water, as it is built for surf. LOVE IT -- would rate it 1000 if I could! Would never sell this kayak. Have bought a couple more over the years, including an inflatable when I didn't live ON the water and have never been as happy with any others as I have been with the Frenzy.
1. With the clip in seat, they are even more comfortable than our sit-ins.
2. I love the simple foot braces, allowing you to adjust your foot position as desired without having to fiddle with adjusting sliders, etc.
3. They float even higher in the water, and even though they are sit-on-top kayaks, they have a nice "pocket" to sit in.
4. Incredibly stable, almost impossible to capsize. I hear people dive off them!
5. They track just fine IMO, without too much left to right motion, unless you are cranking... and it happens with our Perceptions too.
6. We jokingly rammed each other to see what would happen, and they hardly moved, and definitely didn't tip. Good news if the kids or us hit something like a hidden rock, etc.
7. The keel line and short length helps keep it straight and allows for quick and easy turns.
8. Without the scupper plugs (at least on the river), barely any water got in the boat, and with the scupper plugs, almost no water, aside from water from our paddles and horsing around.
1. They are pretty bulky, and harder for me to load and unload myself onto the roof of my Nitro and off again. They are only 4 pounds heavier than our Perceptions, but it feels like more.
2. The keel line makes it fit strangely on the Hull A Port racks on my car, and the 15' Thule straps weren't big enough to fit the boats! I had to thread them through the scupper holes to get them home from REI!
3. The handles on the sides seem like with any rough pulling would snap off, but only time will tell.....if we treat them well, I'm sure they will be fine.
4. Coming to shore with the keel line is awkward, because you end up tipping to one side as you beach it.
5. They are LOUD when there is any sort of current or waves. For the person on the kayak, it doesn't seem too loud, but when you are next to another Frenzy, you can hear it! The water slaps the hull when the water is anything less than glass.
6. They are not too fast.
Overall, even though there are cons, I was playing devil's advocate for the sake of the review. All of the cons are dealable.
The Frenzies turned quickly to catch waves that surfaced, and they were great trudging out through the surf. Very easy to get back on when you spill further out too.
Go get one, you'll be happy. For the money, it's a stable, awesome boat.
Where the Frenzy shines is on moderate whitewater (say class II up to mild class III) and in the surf. Its short size and rockered hull make it easy to turn, and it rides up and over waves very easily. It's also a good choice for smaller paddlers and kids. Just keep in mind the hull is fairly wide and smaller paddlers may have trouble reaching the water.
The Frenzy has limited storage options and limited weight capacity, so it's not the best choice for people doing multi-day camping or those that like to load up on gadgets. Larger paddlers may find the seating area a bit confining too.
I have 2 Frenzies and both have stood up well to abuse. The hull is stiff and not particularly prone to punctures or cracking. Scupper holes are not vulnerable to rocks or other hazards like many other kayaks in the OK line up.
The Frenzy has been a good, no frills kayak. Great for getting kids involved in kayaking, and a lot of fun in the surf. Used for the right purposes, youíll be happy with it and the price wonít break the bank. I give it 7 out of 10 because the fact is, there are better general purpose kayaks on the market the will fit a wider range of uses much more effectively than the Frenzy.
This boat is short which is both good and bad, easy to transport and store, does not track as straight as a longer boat but still pretty good for a 9 footer. I like the stability of this little boat, when we first got it I took it out in shallow flat water and tried to roll it and I could not. That makes it the perfect kids boat as far as I'm concerned. The Frenzy, like all Ocean brand kayaks is extremely well made and the price is reasonable, I would buy another one if we had a bigger garage.
I easily got in and out of the kayak while on the flats. She is fairly easy to paddle although isn't a rocket while in the water, but I didn't need to get anywhere in a hurry. It was a dry ride, until the rain come, although the scuppers did a fairly good job at draining the water that poured in.
The only reason I gave it a 9 was because it liked to wander while you paddled, didn't surprise me for such a small kayak. While I would never buy this kayak for serious paddling, if all you had to do was paddle a mile or less you may want to give this fun and affordable kayak a test drive, well test paddle that is.
The Frenzy I bought is AWESOME for ocean surfing! At 5'11" and 220# I was worried that being 2' shorter than my Scrambler it would not carry my weight. It was even better because my Scrambler tends to leak water through the hatches and get heavy after an hour of surfing. The Frenzy cut through the surf on the paddle out with very little bow slap. It was easy to turn and took very much less effort to catch waves than either of the other boats. Curling close out waves were no problem because I could lean all the way back keeping the nose up and get ahead of most of the breaking surf behind me.
Maneuvering the boat on the wave and in the surf was really great and was able to make turns and steer most times without paddle assistance using my knee straps to lean. I rarely had to brace when caught in the churning surf. The extra width over the Scrambler made it much more stable and still easy to paddle without side contact. I highly recommend knee straps and a paddle leash for surfing. I bought mine as a package at Sports Chalet on sale and that was the only additional equipment I needed. This is a great value!
Others have said it's not fast and it's not. It's not that bad though, especially on the lake it was fast enough.
After that we took it to a harbour and explored around a bit. I guess with the harbour being so big it made the paddling seem a little slow... we were going just over two miles an hour... that included some ocean swell and a tiny bit of chop. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it tracks very straight and felt safe and stable. I can carry heaps of gear on the back and on the front. With two of us sharing the load there's plenty of room to carry our camping gear.
We have the seat with back support. I have bought scupper plugs for under the seat but haven't tried it out yet... that will be this weekend. I also bought some cheap slim deck chair cushions and sewed a vinyl cover for them and will put that under the seat too. Will find out this weekend how much drier we can stay.
All in all I can't wait to go kayaking each weekend.
I've got 3 buddies 2 of whom have now bought Frenzy's, the other bought a Malibu Two because his wife wanted a tandem. Your butt will get wet from the two scupper holes underneath you although I've never gotten cold from the 45 degree Puget Sound water for two reason's I have a padded seat and a 3/4 inch foam rubber gardening mat both highly recommended this also helps in eliminating sore backs. All in all if you want to get an all purpose kayak that won't break the bank go with the Frenzy, Happy Paddling!!!
Surf - It's very easy to keep the nose from diving in. I made some drops with it that I didn't think I would make on some late takeoffs. It basically goes straight - the keel makes it very difficult to turn, so you're not going to be carving the face in this one.
Chop - doesn't handle it very well at all. It's like paddling a tub. Nose doesn't exactly cut through the water.
Flat - fun, but slow.
Overall - only real complaint is that the seat is very narrow. I don't consider myself a fat person w/ 11.3 % body fat, but the seat is uncomfortable even for me. Side handles would also be nice to make it easier for one person to handle.
BUT it does one thing pretty well. It surfs. It surfs better than the Scrambler. It is very stable in the surf, and catchs waves other surf boats can't. The displacment hull does not allow advanced trix, but for just surfing for fun it is a great starter surf boat. Not a lot of control so don't try it at Steamer Lane or other crowded breaks. It gets no respect in the lineup. BUT when no one is watching, I would rather just kick it and surf the Frenzy.
The other thing it can do is fish the small Sierra Nevada lakes for trout. The high country lakes are so small even the Frenzy can cover them is short time. Plenty of stabilty for light fresh water fishing.
What is the Frenzy good for? Any paddling where you are not supplying the forward impetus--creeks, rivers, surfing, etc. It would also be good for those who just need a platform for play--a very worthy use. If you want to paddle, look elsewhere; if you want to play, this may be your craft.
With that said, I have always been a lover of the water and the beach but I have never kayaked before. On days when I'm feeling well enough, I go to the beach and I see more and more people kayaking as I live on the eastern end of Long Island, NY and we are surrounded by 3 major bodies of water..(The Atlantic Ocean, the Great Peconic Bay and the Long Island Sound). I recently made a decision that as long as I am still breathing that I am going to get myself a kayak and get out there and have some fun so it was important for me to find a kayak I could handle myself, be very stable and easy to paddle...I have been reading reviews on the net such as this one and have looked at over 20 different sit on tops before finally deciding on the Ocean Kayak Frenzy...
Well yesterday I went out in it for the very first time on the Long Island Sound and I must tell you that I'm in heaven. Due to its size I was able to put it in the back of my Ford Bronco, drive down the beach, unload it myself and off I went...I could not get over how a boat under 10' could perform so well...Paddling it was very easy even with my health limitations and I would paddle for a bit and then rest and continue on.
I can't say enough about the Frenzy...The stability of it amazed me and when I came back to shore a few people came over to inquire about it. I highly recommend the Frenzy to anyone looking for their first kayak...Its ease in transporting, the stability, the tracking and the cost ($399.00 from West Marine) makes this what I feel a wonderful and truly great way to go for the first time kayaker And for those of you looking for a kayak for a youngster, I would suggest you let them take a Frenzy out for a test.
I'm 6', 185lbs and this Frenzy fit me like a glove. I did purchase a self-inflating seat as well as the scupper stoppers. I would recommend it for smaller people as well as people my size or even a bit bigger. This again is my very first Kayak and due to my health, I had to really shop around to find something I could deal with for the reasons mentioned and I am so very happy with the Frenzy...I rate it a 10 and finally, before taking it out for the first time yesterday, I had a few questions and I emailed Ocean Kayak and a representative by the name of Diane answered each and everyone of my emails promptly as well as answering and explaining all of the answers to my questions. A top-notch Kayak made by a top-notch company who treats their customers well.
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