Joined: Jan. 2006
||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.