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ww.jgsv2378536 wrote a review of on September 26, 2008

5 5

This sport touring boat excels on moving water and loves hauling gear to camp. It seems to become more stable the more gear you load it with. It has some rocker which makes it easy to negotiate some current and eddies, dodge rocks, turn in the wind, and waves. The added rudder (not everyone needs it) will help increase tracking ability on the flat stretches. Those wanting a more sporty kayak for turning, maneuvering for lakes and rivers will like this boat.

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ww.jgsv2378536 wrote a review of on August 28, 2008

5 5

This boat is so much lighter than any other rec tandems we have tried. We love it. We take it out with our two small children, but when the wife gives me a hall pass, I can take one seat out and configure the boat for solo paddling. The hatch really works well, its not like the other cheap rubber hatches out there, its easy to take on and off, seals well, whether it is hot or cold out. Take the seats out and its more than 20 lbs lighter to car top. Way lighter and more comfortable than anything else on the market.

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ww.jgsv2378536 wrote an answer about on August 26, 2008

I'd look at getting a sit on top for class two. Water wieghts about 7lbs per gallon. The Acadia has no bulkhead or hatch, so youll want to have float bags in the boat for moving water, otherwise you could be swiming with a pretty heavy sea anchor! Or look at the boats that have a bulkhead dry compartment. These boats only fill the cockpit with water but the bulkhead compartment stays airtight and floats up high in the water.

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ww.jgsv2378536 wrote an answer about on August 26, 2008

It is a hybrid tandem and solo, so its not the perfect solo paddling boat, but its pretty close. You can move one of the seats to the middle of the kayak (not all tandem/solo hybrids have this ability) Its stable but not as wide as other solo/tandem hybrids. Most of all though, I think its the weight (solo 55lbs and tandem 62lbs) that makes it a good solo boat. With one seat out, it weighs in at 55 lbs. That is lighter than most other company's 14 1/2 foot boats, so you use less effort to go furhter easier. no dead weight in this thing. Most people dont relize how strong this plastic is. These Marvels dont oil can like other kayaks. The plastic is strong, light, and a lot stiffer than other boats I've owned or tried.

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ww.jgsv2378536 wrote an answer about on August 26, 2008

Take a look at the Featherlight 9.5. If you can figure the extra 5 inches, its worth the weight savings. Its very light (under 40LBs) Its hard to get a good rec kayak under 9 feet. There is a new 9 foot kayak coming out, the Liquid Logic Remix XP. The smaller of the two is the 9 footer. it has a hatch and bulkhead dry area too. I havent tried it yet, but its the samme seat as thier Whitewater line.

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ww.jgsv2378536 wrote an answer about on August 26, 2008

This is a killer river boat! Most sit on tops are made for flat water only, surf only, or river only. The Manta Ray's deliver on the flats, but its like no other sit on top on moving water. The boat's bow easiley rides over waves and holes on the river or in the break zone. The Bow is a "sheding water" design, meaning it drains off water fast! The mulit chines make turning easy or on comand. It is not a sluggish boat at all like a lot of sit ons that are made strictly for flatwater. Basically, this is a well balanced, predictable handling boat for a variety of conditions. Add the rudder if you paddle more than 75% flat water.

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