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Posted: Oct. 08 2006,16:29

I had the chance to demo the Epic GP Sport this weekend at Bill Jackson's in Pinellas Park and wanted to pass on my opinons of this yak.
Very nice build qaulity and sharp looking design as a small, lite yak. No bow storage or tankwell, but that means no leaking hatch or water build-up in those areas. It has instead a flat rear deck with braces & tie downs for a small cooler or tackle system. Very nice arrangement I thought.
Two scuppers in the footwells, with a venturi drain. Sounds nice in theory and some water did drain out while underway, but there was always a couple of inches of water in the footwells and I got pretty wet in the seat.
I'm a big guy & did not even come close to swamping this yak. The seat area was large and comfortable, with plenty of legroom.
It was very quick, with good glide and turned with less effort than the more traditional sot's I've looked at; however, it was extremely unstable, both at rest and while in motion. I felt as though I was about to capsize at any moment.
The feeling was worse while underway, which was odd. Primary stability was better, though not by that much.
I would say this is a good design for smaller users which advanced paddling experience and strictly as a flatwater, daytripping yak. It's really not suitable for fishing.
These are just my own observations, for what they're worth.
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Posted: Oct. 10 2006,06:59

I've been in the Epic and it is surely the high performer you'd expect from this company.  This craft has lower primary, but excellent secondary, and has a shallow vee-bottom as I recall.

This is very much like the Skua, which accounts for it's twitchiness the first time or two you're out in it.  But trust me...

This is a matter of accomodation.  It will not be long at all before you feel completely stable in it.  The first time or three I paddled the Skua I wondered if I'd made the right decision.  Same for the Mako XT, except as a racing ski it took longer to gain a sense of balance and stability.

But the Epic is not all that extreme, and trust me, it will not take long at all before you're right at home.  And as Bruce Gipson says, you'll never want to go back...

This is of course is the problem with "test paddles".   They're too brief to accomodate; accordingly many buyers end up with high primary plastic barges.  One good piece of advice I've seen is to buy the twitchiest yak you can put up with...

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Posted: Oct. 10 2006,13:02

It's too bad they don't make this as a 14 footer - that would be awesome.
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Posted: Oct. 10 2006,14:09

I'm with you on that.  BTW I found an old pic I posted last year and it turns out the Epic is more of a moderate vee, which confirms my suspicions.  Tad more than the Skua.



This is why it feels twitchy until you settle into it...

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