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||Posted: Sep. 10 2008,19:51
CD's "new" Designs
Kestral 140 SOT (with well):
The new "Zone" is simply a stretched version of the 140. Both have the idiotic placement of a small "day" hatch in the worst possible position, ie between the cockpit and a now out-of-reach well. It appears that CD just can't make up their mind between a touring design and a real fishing design.
The well appears to be of the larger, slow draining, dangerous variety. Worse yet, the "day" hatch places it out of reach and dangerously close to the stern. Both designs rely on second rate, small plastic foot pedals. Both cockpits are of the slow draining, large water capturing bathtub type.
These should appeal to the Amercan need for ass room and misplaced need for open luxury.
I give CD credit for trying but they are yet to understand SOT and/or fishing designs. Last, both are quite expensive: the Kestral at $1700 and the Zone at, gulp, $2400! Ah, c'mon guys.
You can buy a number of the superior South African designs for about the price of a Kestral: the Marlin, Pelican, Dorada and the Skua. All will outperform the CD offerings, particularly as the weather gets worse.
Last, it is important to note that neither of these new CD designs offer sufficient rocker to do well outside of relatively calm conditions. The huge slow draining cockpits, and rearward placed slow-drain well border on dangerous in bad conditions.
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