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When the wind picks up and the water gets choppy, just flip the rudder down and keep on paddling.

The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 Sit-On-Top Kayak is blessed with a comfortable seat, a rudder, and the ability to carry oversized, heavy items (such as a cooler, camping, and cooking gear) in the large stern tankwell. Whether you’re on a fishing trip or extended adventure, the Tarpon 140 sit-on-top offers stability and comfort you can count on.
  • Supportive, high-density foam of the Phase 3 seat circulates air and features adjustable leg rests and height-adjustable backrest for your comfort
  • Rudder makes it easier to steer and track straight when the wind picks up
  • SlideTrax accessory rails along the bow let you add rod holders and tie-downs (rod holders etc sold separately)
  • Movable foot braces allow customized comfort and control of the retractable rudder
  • Stash large items in the bow hatch and the keep valuables close by in the eight-inch midship hatch
  • Included cup holder for your adventure drink of choice

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First I ordered a Tarpon 140 on Monday July 30th from Back Country.com and they said that it would at my house in Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday August 8th. Then their trucking company called me on Tuesday and told me that I would get it on Friday Aug. 10th. On Thursday their trucking called me back an said how about Saturday Aug. 11th and I said no. I finally talked their trucking company into delivering my kayak to my job on friday.
If that wasn't enough I took my Tarpon 140 on it's maiden voyage on Saturday. As they say on the John Boy and Billy Show "how did that work out for you" and my reply would be "not to good".
This kayak has a low bow and small 1 ft. waves came over the bow all day long. Tarpon 140 would lead you to believe that this kayak would be more sea worthy. It has a big bow hatch and the seal/gasket has a 1/4" gap in it so when I got back to the boat ramp I discovered that everything below deck was floating or soaking wet. Thank God for dry bags.
I own a Tsunami 145 and it will take a wave and still keep your stuff below decks dry. I paddle everything from a fiberglass ocean kayak in 6' seas to my teenagers Perception kayaks and this Tarpon 140 is disappointing.
One positive thing is that both of my Wilderness System kayaks have factory installed rudders and when the wind gets up they certainly come in handy.

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While I can relate to Gordon's shipping complaint (The shipping company arrived outside their scheduled window) and I was delivered the wrong kayak, the positives are that backcountry.com shipped for free, returned for free and has worked with me to make sure I get the kayak I ordered. Since their return policy is about as liberal as it get's, you can return it, any time.

Really sucks about the bow hatch, from what I know about Wilderness Systems, their boats are top notch, a leaky bow hatch really surprises me.