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A sit on top play boat, that's what I was looking…
Source: bought it new
A sit on top play boat, that's what I was looking for when I found this. Short, narrow, and smooth bottom, that's what i was looking for. I bought this boat specifically for my grandson, I didn't think he was ready for a Dagger or Piranha play boat, and he liked the sit on top we already had so I started my search. Fortunately i didn't listen to the sales people at the local whitewater warehouse, "that kind of sit on top doesn't exist", "never heard of a sit on top play boat". Here it is, Short, (sorta) quick, smooth bottom, rollable, lightweight.
- Light weight, length, width, smooth bottom
- durable plastic
- adjustable seat
- adjustable leg straps
- made in Italy
- fast smooth ride
- Made in Italy, as long as the euro keeps going down so will the price of this boat
- The shipping to get it over here won't tho. You'll pay for that in US dollars.
- can't buy direct from the company, have to buy through a distributor.
LENGHT 282 cm
WIDTH 68 cm
WEIGHT 15 Kg
PADDLER WEIGHT 40/80 Kg
EASE OF USE- It's a sit on top kayak, not quite as easy as "sit on it" but close. Once you get the back rest and the legstraps adjusted you're set, paddle away.
FEATURES- The basic Surfetto comes plain, the sport comes with the seat and the leg straps.
4 handles for carrying, 2 cord and plastic toggle handles on the front and back. 2 strap handles on the sides for carrying or just holding on.
CONSTRUCTION & DURABILITY- The thick plastic has held up well on the rocks and concrete of the whitewater park that it gets used in.
The seat and leg straps are mounted with large screws onto the boat and haven't leaked or come loose yet.
CONDITIONS- I ordered it in the spring of 2011. It arrived the day i was going back to the Middle East (4 hours before i was to get on a plane), water temp was around 55deg F, that's cold for a sit on top. I took it out anyway, we, my grandson and me, had a blast. It is a lot faster than I'm used to so the water temp was a factor for not going in any more than we had too.
I've only used it a few times (6-7 times), My grandson is the one that uses it the most. When he first started out he was in the water (off the boat) more than on the boat. After he figured out how it rides and turns he loves it. this boat slides into and out of the current like an otter. he still hasn't got the hang of rolling it yet but with the leg straps it's possible.
So if you're looking for a sit on top play boat this could be the boat for you.
*** it does have a smooth bottom so tracking in the river isn't something it does well, paddling this boat straight on smooth water is a bit of a chore, but playing and surfing in the current is a blast***