|Had I paid more than about half price for this boat,|
I'd be on the war path about this.
For anyone just catching up with this story, I ordered this boat on sale from Cabelas.com in April. In May, I found out that the boat I'd paid for didn't exist, wasn't in production, and wouldn't be delivered...perhaps ever. The Cabela's corporate office got involved. Three weeks later, the boat showed up at my office. It was a sight to behold!
|A little, err, 12.5 foot long, bundle of joy!|
|Nice, clean lines. Looks like a lot of thought |
was put into this boat.
The portage straps are all necessary, since the boat clocks in at around 55lbs, but they are not too big to grip or small enough to cut off the circulation in someone's hand.
One big plus, noted by others who have reviewed this boat, is the ample rear unit (I have got to use that phrase more often in common conversation, well, maybe not). There are indented molded corners in the exact shape and size of a milk carton (several manufacturers now do this) and there's ample space for a child's seat, cooler, bait bucket, etc.
|Removable center console with spots for rod holder (incl), |
dry box (incl), drink bottle, and fish finder
|Had to add forward d-rings|
to my truck bed
to keep the boat stable.
I hate you, Trac Rac.
An ample seat back cushion rests against a solid plastic seat back (molded into the boat) providing excellent support on my two paddles thus far (90 minutes on a small lake and 150 minutes on the open Chesapeake Bay). There are scupper holes in the seat - always necessary but not always present on kayaks. The seat bottom is molded into the boat and was comfortable enough for my first paddle in calm water, but left my rear end pretty sore after my second, longer paddle in 1-2' waves, crosswinds, and a changing tide. I'll need to purchase a cushion, which should run about $30. Anyone considering this boat should add that to the price tag.
A few quick negatives on the boat. First, due to the drama that was required to come into possession of this boat at all, there was definitely a lack of attention to final detail on the factory floor, and a pretty clear intent to get the boat out of the factory door and on the highway to me. There are a few very noticeable burn marks from the drill/rivet gun, a few small exposed air pockets in the hull, some final sanding that really was not handled after the final molding, and of course, somebody's failure to wrap the bow and stern for shipment. The factory warranty was signed just about 10 days prior to me receiving the boat - definitely hot off the factory floor! Inside the fore compartment, a good few handfuls of plastic shavings and round cutouts from drilling the rod holders out were still floating around. Again - haste ruled over quality control in this particular case.
In addition, under the category of "mixed blessings," I was originally a little bummed out that this boat was only available in a orange-brown "mustard" color, and a bright olive drab (the color I ordered). I was actually looking for more of a "sand" colored boat that would have decent visibility (to humans) and good utility for work, hunting, and fishing. Here's a picture of the color that I ordered (Mojo Angler / Olive Drab) - compare it to the image above (my warranty sheet says "olive drab").
Now, here's the color of boat I was really looking for (which Emotion Kayaks had no way of knowing, and they don't sell the Mojo Angler in this color anyway):
And again, the color of the actual boat I received:
|How dare you ship me the color I actually wanted,|
but couldn't order!
|First bass in the boat!|
Thanks for reading and I look forward to telling you more!