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||Posted: Mar. 05 2006,08:35
I'm not ready for an in-depth comparison - yet. But soon. Here's some preliminary impressions:
Comfort: I've been in the Pelican and Kingfisher, know a number of people with the Dorado. All are quite comfortable, will accomodate you.
Finish: Dorado's gelcoat is nicer as Kaskazi sprays their gelcoat into the mold, while the King still paints theirs in. Not a huge difference; both are quality made craft. OTOH the Kingfisher is more solid, strongest glass kayak I've ever seen.
Note: have been informed that Paddleyak is going to begin spraying their gelcoat, this should make a difference.
Scuppers: are great. As you'll note from the pics the King really uses venturi-like covers, very quiet, very efficient, work nicely.
Tankwell: no drainage on either craft. The Dorado's well is perhaps too big, made to fit a large rectangular storage crate. The King comes with a smaller, two-level well. The center portion will hold a proper crate snugly, with some very shallow storage both forward and aft.
The King's well seems more sensible, will hold significantly less water. Overall length is about 24 in., center well proper is 10 x 15 in. Both fore/aft ends are very shallow and slope up to the deck (I believe this promotes a sloshing kind of self-drainage). OTOH the Dorado's tank is very large and uniformly deeper, with vertical sides. Whether the larger quantities of water retained will slosh out is questionable, need more info.
Cost: The Kingfisher will come in at about $1700, but I'm told if a number can be ordered the price may come down some. Personally I've seen imported glass come in damaged, esp. in mixed containers.
Edited by Capn Jimbo on Mar. 08 2006,05:06
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