Stable in waves and cross chop. I have been in worse,…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: Cheap
Stable in waves and cross chop. I have been in worse, imagine there are better.
- Tough enough
- Easy to reach hull speed
- Will turn in the surf and rocks
- Huge, I need a lot of padding.
The kayak is smooth to reach its hull speed 4.5 mph or so then hits the wall pretty hard, which can take some of the fun out of riding breaking waves. The boat has a tendency to stick rather than glide. Splashes up wind in a chop, surprising me with a face washing now and then. Turns well in and about the rocks.
Wanders a bit in open waters, deploying the skeg helps. The skeg control works amazing well for being over 10 years old. I feel as if I could sleep in it, though it has a bit of wiggle when flat, making it better in waves.
I am 5'10" 165# 32" waist 33" inseam and the boat feels huge on me, makes me wish I was 220 or 250#. Padding out the hull and knee braces 2+" helps with control and not making me feel like I am giving birth to twins.
The cockpit is large 33 by 19 or so allowing easy access and for me to do knees up paddling K1 style allowing me to use my core. The plastic hull is heavy 60#+ and for me, it handles better with 20 to 40# in the hatches.
In summary, this kayak will take you most anywhere at a relaxed pace, and if bought used at a relaxed price.