- Mon May 04, 2009 11:39 am
I demoed the NuCanoe when it first hit the market a few years ago and thought it was a great yak in concept, but when I sat in it and tried to paddle, it just felt way to wide. I like the layout of the cockpit and stability is rivaled only by the Native Ultimate and the WS Ride 135 gets you kinda close. The main down fall to the yaks is the width and the weight. If you are going solo it will be difficult to load on top of your vehicle so you may want a trailer or if you are loading in the bed of a truck you should be ok. I would be hesitant to take it in the open bay but if you can launch directly into the protected water then I see no problem in it. I was fishing the last Texas Kayak Series and we had a guy launch not to far down from us in a NuCanoe, we were in 30 mph winds and he couldn't paddle back so he had to drift about two miles to hit land then walked to his truck and drove back to the yak. If I were looking to get a super stable yak that will do just about anything you need other than running the surf I would look into the Native Ultimate 12' or 14.5'. See if you can find a NuCanoe dealer and test one out. I have a the Native line here for demo if you want to give it a go.