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Reviews for Klondike Kayak by Feathercraft


Rated: 9/10 Based On: 6 Reviews

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05-07-2007
Submitted by: Herschel PayneSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I am writing this review from the perspective of a canoeist - a purist who paddles a wood canvas canoe from a kneeling position and is very proficient. I bought my Klondike because I travel in a slide in truck camper and can not carry my canoe with this rig. In conditions where the wind would make travel impossible with my Chestnut Cruiser The Klondike just keeps moving along. I have read others say that this kayak is too much to handle solo, but I find it to be easier than a solo canoe in extreme conditions. It seems to me to be very efficient and I have never been windbound. I have been able to make progress in the worst conditions. The Klondike has room for all my equipment and the only negative I can complain about is the long assembly time and the difficulty of portaging the craft.
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08-03-2004
Submitted by: mikeSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     The Klondike is versatile, and tries to make as little compromise on hull shape for the fact it is a folder. The down side of this fact is that assembly time can be in the region of 1hr to 1hr 20 plus the time it would usually take you to get yourself together for a paddle. This preparation time often puts me off going for a short evening paddle. The girlfriend loves the boat but she’s not a committed kayaker, so for the days she’s not with me, the Klondike as a single boat is do-able especially if you’ve got the sail option, choose the weather conditions carefully for solo paddling as it could get quite tiring. The sailing rig might need a little adaptation for solo use but is really cool, and well worth the money. Mark Balogh has indicated to me that he can adapt one of his sail rig/outrigger combinations for the Klondike which is something that I would definitely like to try sometime soon.
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02-18-2004
Submitted by: Andrew KlinzmannSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     I own a 2000 sealskin Klondike. I got the boat thinking to use it as my primary single, with the option of a double with my wife. But beware! Fitted out as a single seater, this boat is just a bit too much to handle. The single seat is placed well, and the single spray deck works just fine. But the boat is (in my opinion) just too large and beamy to adequetely handle solo. (Maybe I am too used to my K-1?) Also, when loaded with just basic day-tripping gear, it is far too large to man-handle in and out of the water. I am 6' 205 lbs, and just got tired horsing this boat around solo. As a double it is fantastic, though. If considering this boat, do not think of it as a solo boat; it's too big for that! I sold it to a friend who is 6' 2" and 275 lbs and strong; he fits it far better and has no problem paddling it solo.
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03-25-2002
Submitted by: Send Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     We bought the Klondike for its performance and versatility. The Klondike is quite fast, easy cruising pace with two paddlers was 3.5 knots. It handles very well on the water but is not built like a barge so you have to pay attention in rough conditions. For me, the rudder stirrups took a bit of tweaking until the rudder felt right. The boat can haul a lot of gear and the hatches make loading much easier than other folding kayaks. It's not the fastest boat to set up, takes me over an hour by myself. Get the sailing rig, it's a total blast. My gps said we were doing well over 8 knots in about 15-20 knots of wind and we probably could have gone faster. Also get the seasocks. We practiced a rescue and the swamped boat must hold over a hundred gallons of water even when it's loaded with gear. We tried to drain the water as we were flipping the boat but it didn't seem to make much difference. With 2 people pumping, it would take a very long time to pump out the Klondike. The Klondike is definitely pricey, but it's a really sweet and versatile expedition boat that you throw on the plane or in the trunk. The final selling point for my fiance was the triple seat option for the future bambino paddler.
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03-13-2001
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 9 of 10

     Folding kayak, nearly perfect, "convertible", use as a single, double or triple. new sealskin design with polytyech deck and duratek hull. assembles in about 1 hour or less. wt 76lbs, "open cockpit" design, can add sailing rig. can haul a HUGE load, one of my favorite boats to cruise in;
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03-13-2001
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 9 of 10

     The Klondike is FC's open cockpit double/convertible single. The spray deck wraps around a 4 piece fiberglass coaming and connects to your spray skirts. The boat is beamy at 31" but its handling in inclement seas more than makes up for it. with 8 foot sea swells and 6 foot rebounding waves the boat rises and remains steady. Not a bad surfer. Its speed is surprisingly good. GPS tracked my crew at 4 to 4.5 knots for a few hours. It's harder chines make it a bit more maneuverable than the K2 and I believe it is also speedier than the K2. Buy the sea socks. They are an indispensable safety item and if you can afford the car priced Feathercraft don't get cheap on the safety stuff. Besides, they keep your boat clean. Set up time is about 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes. When you set up in a public area people come from all over to ask you questions. Be stoic! Don't look up at them. Be monosyllabic or you'll be there forever.
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