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Description

Control and comfort for everyday touring.

A slightly longer and larger hull design makes the Necky Kayaks Elias Kayak with Rudder particularly friendly to novice and intermediate paddlers who want a stable but efficient day touring and weekend-trip boat. The Elias moves quickly across the water, and the pedal-operated rear rudder helps with steering when the wind picks up.

  • Slightly longer and larger hull requires less paddling effort at cruising speeds
  • Touring seat is soft, repels water, and features an adjustable backband for comfort and support
  • Comfort Fit thigh braces are adjustable to fit a variety of paddlers
  • Cockpit Support Track footbrace system uses padded pedals (great for bare feet), and the pedals can be adjusted along a track to accommodate a wide range of leg lengths
  • Rudder system uses foot pedals in the cockpit to help steer the boat
  • Durable aluminum rudder can be pulled up and dropped down quickly and easily without leaving the cockpit
  • Quick Seal hatch cover has a unique gasket that forms a tight seal so your stern storage area stays dry
  • Cross Lock Buckle system uses a single, quick-release buckle to tension four straps that keep the hatch cover securely in place
  • Bungee cord paddle keepers give you secure storage for your paddle so you can go hands-free when you need to
  • Bow and stern carry handles make it easy to unload this boat from a vehicle and load it into the water

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4 5

Elias Kayak with Rudder

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I ordered my Necky Elias Kayak with Rudder on 2/12/14. It was shipped on 2/13/14 via CEVA Logistics and online it said estimated delivery to be 2/20/14. I checked and nothing changed on the delivery date so I took off work on 2/20/14. As I was driving home from work the day before the delivery date and received a call from CEVA to tell me they had received it in Tampa but couldn't deliver it until the following week because of weather. I didn't receive it until 2/28/14 in SWFL (2 hours south and the weather was perfect). The rudder wasn't attached when shipped and it took my husband less than 10 minutes to assemble. And there was a bad kink in the center bottom of the kayak.
I previously had a Perception Shadow for 13 years which I bought when I started kayaking in Seattle in bigger water (Deception Pass and the San Juans). The Shadow is about 1.5 feet longer than the Elias. I tested my Elias the next day after delivery, starting in Estero Bay and paddling through the pass into the Gulf. It handled well and was easy to change directions quickly with the rudder.
I was hit by waves from the wind, motor boats and the 'washing machine' water paddling through the pass. I didn't get any water in my cockpit even without a sprayskirt. I went about 9 miles and it felt pretty good overall. I did add a little cushion (closed cellfoam) to the strap backrest. The seat actually has more cushion than my old Shadow. I did notice water in the front hatch afterwards. I did get hit by some waves but my Shadow had never leaked over the years. The kink has unkinked halfway so hopefully all the way after a few more paddles.
Overall I would recommend this kayak for bays, the gulf and rivers. I look forward to paddling more in it. I'm a female - 5'5 - 130 lbs.

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Rudder installation

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It ships with the rudder uninstalled, which makes sense because you don't want it to break. What doesn't make sense is to ship it with no installation instructions. I downloaded what was on the Necky website, but it didn't quite match the product I was working with, the verbal instructions didn't make sense, and the pictures were small and blurry. So I winged it on my own, made a mistake, stripped two of the mounting screws, and then figured out how I should have done it in the first place. It would have been nice if someone had saved me the trouble by telling me how to do it from the get go.