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Posted: Mar. 04 2007,14:46

Anyone have experience with this boat? I am looking for something lighter to heft on top of the car. At 39 pounds This guy seems to be a welter weight. This boat would be easier on my back.At 14 ft she should perform very well
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Posted: Mar. 04 2007,17:03

The Kestral has been discussed here before.  It's a superb, fast, very light and strong design by a respected manufacturer.  Now made in China (which is why the price is so low), but retains it's quality.  Hard to get, limited availability, grab one while you can.

I've driven the Kestral 14 SOT - loved it.  Very nice.  Now I must tell you that there is one plastic SOT that rivals the Kestral in every way - the Disco by Tempo.  Weighs just under 50 lbs, very easy to carry, and just $579.  This is hard to beat...

:capn:

ps.  both can be seen and tested at Kayak Jeff's in Lauderdale...

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Posted: Mar. 05 2007,05:47

Thanks  Captain , Where can I buy one of these in cleve , OH?
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Posted: Mar. 05 2007,10:03

From what I understand we are quite blessed to have the RTM and Disco's in South Florida.  I would guess that the Kestrals are available more places.  I do know that Jeff's can ship the Disco or have it shipped directly to you.

That'd be a question for Kayak Jeff.

:capn:

ps.  Cleveland?  Cleveland???  You mean Euclid, Lakewood, Rocky River, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights?  My home for 35 years.  But I ain't goin back...


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Posted: Mar. 06 2007,03:49

Hello ,  Live in Berea. I have an OK scupper  pro TW with a rudder and an OK scupper Classic. Would you say that that the RTM Disco is lighter and a bettter performer than either of these boats?
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Posted: Mar. 06 2007,04:34

blueboat
Jim and Sue Sea love the Disco. But there is a weight factor (yours). If you are 100-200 lbs with 200 being tops (I think) then its a real winner. Lighter and better in all catagories.

Sue Sea says its like "dancin", and thats coming from a real good paddler by the way.

But the math speaks for it's self.... ( info from RTM site)

The Disco has a Max Capacity of 130 kg or 286 lbs.
A 200 lb paddler is 70% of its total capacity!

The Tempo/Pro has a Max Capacity of 180 kg or 396 lbs
A 200 lb paddler is 51% of it's total capacity

BIG, BIG difference.

For me if it were say 16 feet and with pro hatches I would already be paddling it...(Kayak Jeff said he is going to suggest to RTM about a possible 16' model with the name....."Disco Fever" (my coin by the way )).

Greenland style yaks will out preform any and all...always.

I myself am waiting for the arival of the Tempo/Pro this week hopefully.
Long live RTM!!

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Posted: Mar. 06 2007,05:38

You have two of the finest designs ever.  I'd go nuts to find a Scupper Classic, very rare, very nice.  I have to say the Disco is faster than either, plus has a true sea kayak hull for great seaworthiness.  Weighs about the same as the Classic, I'd guess, or maybe just a little less.  But anything under 50 lbs. is easy to handle.

Re: weight.  It's been tested up to 220 lb. and does just fine, will easily handle a bit of fishin equipment.  And if you're going campin, just take the Pro.

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