Necky Chatham 17
Necky says the Chatham 17 was "built to minimize windage, with great maneuverability and superb rough water performance...excels at navigating rock gardens...very full chine provides great stability and quick response to edging and lean turns." We use this kayak for most men weighing between 170 and 225 pounds, up to 6'2" tall. This model has proven performance year after year in introductory classes, with easy response, easy re-entry, easy to get up to speed. Paddlers quickly gain confidence.
Ms. Kayak says: I pack the Necky Chatham 17 each summer for a
six day kayak camping trip along the shores of Long Island. I rarely
need the skeg. We paddle often among rocks, and I enjoy it's easy
handling. Stability is exceptional, allowing me to balance on the rear
deck and shimmy into the cockpit. It's light weight in carbon - only 47
pounds - is noteable for a fiberglass kayak this long.