Cobra expedition kayak

cobra expedition kayak

At 18 foot long the Cobra Expedition is designed to go FAST! It's built to accelerate quickly and get to its top speed in a short period of time. About Cobra Kayaks The Cobra kayak range has been built up over 25 years of cutting edge design and pioneering kayak building technology and. I saw an ad from Cobra for their 18 ft Expedition with a guy fishing on it. When I checked their webpage they don't have it listed as one of.

Cobra expedition kayak - really. And

Cobra Fish N Dive
The Cobra design team decided to modify the Cobra Tandem deck and create the ultimate fishing/diving kayak. With the same stable hull design as the Cobra Tandem, there is one centrally located seat and a smaller reversed "companion jumpseat" near the bow for another passenger or additional gear.

An even larger tank well is located in the stern and holds up to 3 tanks! Scuba divers love this unique arrangement that allows for heavy loads and provides a stable platform. The Fish N' Dive also can be fitted with an optional motor bracket for an electric trolling engine or a small outboard engine. Don't worry, there is ample room to store scuba gear, 12 volt battery, tackle box, bait tank, catch bag, fishing poles, clothing and much more. There is no other kayak this size that offers as much storage space!

Best for fishing, diving, day play, nature watching, exploring, and fitness.

Specs:
Length: 12' 6"
Width: 36"
Weight: 57lbs.
Weight Capacity: 600 lbs.

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Cobra Expedition Kayak

Includes paddle and buggy carrier. Good condition with limited use. $1,699 new price. - 2 x Large Storage Hatches - Small Rectangular Hatch - Drain Plug - Cobra Rudder System - Venturi Kick Down Bailer - Accessory Eyelets - End and side handles At 18 ft long, the Expedition is designed to go fast. Built for the performance paddler, the Expedition accelerates quickly and gets to top speed in a short period of time.

This boat has lots of storage and is ideal for any paddler interested in performance touring, sea kayaking and long distance cruising. A high level of paddling efficiency enables Cobra Expedition paddlers to travel longer distances in a shorter time with less physical effort. The long narrow waterline allows the hull to slide easily, quickly and smoothly through the water. The low profile deck is a unique feature for a sit-on-top and greatly cuts down on windage. A V-shaped keel and an adjustable leg length rudder system provide improved tracking and stability.

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Hey Guys

The time has come to sell this yak, mainly to free up some cash and i have others i can use. I hope i dont regret this, it has been awesome. new price was over $2500, wanting $1500 really as its still in really good nick. I am in Napier, but can ship through work for a sharp price.

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From Trademe

Good condition kayak, used rarely and carefully.
Has heaps of storage for overnighters, or can be used for fishing or sporting events.
One of the fastest, if not the fastest plastic sit on top. Stable enough for fishing.

Specs:
Specifications

Length: 5.46 m
Width: 59.69 cm
Weight:21.77 kg
Capacity:192.78 kg


The Blurb...
At 5.5m long, the Aquatx Expedition is designed to go fast. Built for the performance paddler, the Expedition accelerates quickly and gets to its’ top speed in a short period of time. This boat has lots of storage and is ideal for any paddler interested in performance touring, sea kayaking and long distance cruising. A high level of paddling efficiency enables Cobra Expedition paddlers to travel longer distances in a shorter time with less physical effort. The long narrow waterline allows the hull to slide easily, quickly and smoothly through the water with minimal effort. The low profile deck is a unique feature for a sit-on-top and greatly cuts down on windage. A V-shaped keel and an adjustable leg length rudder system provide improved tracking and stability.

Review here: http://www.topkayaker.net/KayakData/Rev ... braExpedit" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
ion.htm

Comes with:
Adjustable rudder
All hatches as seen in photos
Fiberglass Paddle
Thigh Brace straps
Good quality anchor running rig.
2x Railblazer Rod holders.

New Price: Over $2500!
Situation has changed, needs to go.
Can be bubblewrapped and freighted at buyers cost. Happy to assist from my end

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After a summer of paddling…

Submitted by: traplive on 10/23/2016

After a summer of paddling the Cobra Expedition alongside other smaller kayaks, I'm upgrading my previous rating. The limitations are still the same, but I find that I love the handling in wind and waves, and the speed can't be beat. If I had the money and space for multiple kayaks, I'd keep the Cobra and also have a fishing kayak.
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I've paddled the Cobra…

Submitted by: traplive on 6/15/2016

I've paddled the Cobra Expedition in Hood Canal and southern Puget Sound. As other reviewers mention, this boat tracks straight and flies fast. I have not had a problem with stability, even in wind, waves and boat wakes. I find it a joy to paddle point to point. That's where the joy ends. Despite caulking and seal replacement the cockpit still fills with water. The venturi bailer was such a leaky pain that I finally took it out and replaced it with some cut up pieces of a 5 gallon bucket lid. Maneuvering in close quarters is difficult at best. The yachts in the Marina can turn around at the fuel dock easier than I can. I find myself planning turns ahead of time. Since I enjoy freshwater and saltwater fishing, I'm selling the Cobra and looking for a shorter, wider, fishing SOT. Eddyline Caribbean here I come.

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I've been paddling this boat…

Submitted by: paddler236712 on 4/27/2016

I've been paddling this boat for 4 years. The first time I paddled it I was sold on it. Out after dark on a big lake. Wind came up producing large following waves. We could hear them coming from behind. The water passed by and folded over the bow. The boat never noticed. This boat is on rails and really only needs the rudder for close turns. The only downside for me is the cockpit drain. It leaks all the time and I have been unable to get a new seal from Cobra. On a 15 mile river paddle last summer I did decide to improve the seat.

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I have owned my Cobra for…

Submitted by: CathyY on 7/2/2015

I have owned my Cobra for about 10 years-ish. I use it in rough waters and have always been very pleased with the tracking and speed. It's pretty, it's comfortable, it's stable, and has tons of storage for my annual 5 day camping trip. On the downside, it's very hard to turn if you're trying to turn sharp, even with the rudder; this limits shoreline exploring. It sits low in the water, and with 5 days supply, even lower. Then in rough water, the cockpit fills quickly, and you can't get enough speed for the venturi valve to work. So you have to stop, pump out, and lose all momentum. The very conditions that fill the cockpit are the conditions that prevent me from getting the speed I need to drain it. This has been by far the greatest drawback on this otherwise awesome open cockpit boat.

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I have been using my Cobra…

Submitted by: paddler236076 on 12/8/2014

I have been using my Cobra Expedition in the lake and on the good side it tracks really well can get it up to a good speed. The not so good is turning, and as it so low in the water any wash goes into the cockpit, I got caught in really bad weather and to the kayaks credit, even with cockpit with a lot of water in it, I got back home. the drain works well as long as you get the boat up to good speed. I have been paddling surf ski's in the lake a lot so the Cobra isn't a problem but I wouldn't buy another one.

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I have had my Cobra for…

Submitted by: paddler235401 on 11/22/2013

I have had my Cobra for several years and is a good Boat to add to your fleet.

Pros:
Good speed, lots of storage, good platform for ocean fishing or diving and it gets you to your spot faster than most. Flat deck my Jack Russell loves w/added non skid surface.

Cons:
Wet boat in rough conditions, Venturi leaked, sealed it. used the rudder maybe twice and dropped it, Turns like a tanker, hard to carry. But a good boat depending what you want to do.

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Got this as my first yak.…

Submitted by: paddler235350 on 9/23/2013

Got this as my first yak. Love the thing but it takes on a lot of water through the hatches and rudder holes, potential leaking on scupper holes as well. Need to bail it out every 15 minutes or so, when the hull fills with water this thing gets TIPPY!!! The hatches are a pain in the butt, takes like 7 different latches you gotta open up, then turn half way counter clockwise to unlock the hatch. All that and they still leak!!!

Also cockpit fills with water as the venturi leaks, drains well when moving fast. So if you are sitting the cockpit will fill with water. Not a cold water yak unless you like a cold butt, For Hawaii/tropical climates its fine though.

Tracks well into wind and is FAST but for some reason the front keel on mine is bent to the left, making the boat have a left turning tendency, without right rudder the thing would literally go in large circles. Not too big of an issue though, doesn't seem to add much if any drag.

When the hull isn't filled with water the stability is fine for me I am 155 lbs 6'
To access to hatches you can't reach behind you or you'll get tippy, gotta sit on the side with your legs in the water for stability.

Overall I am very pleased with this yak. If I could somehow get the hull water tight it would be perfect but we all know that never happens with leaky hatches unless you weld em shut!

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Bought my Expedition SOT used…

Submitted by: paddler235327 on 9/4/2013

Bought my Expedition SOT used last year and really have been enjoying it. I'm 6'1" 205lbs, and this boat feels about right for me. Never had a problem with stability, in fact I have the largest sail kit from FalconSails.com and have a blast with it, even in gusty winds Though when sailing the thigh straps are a must have.

Pros: Feels very fast, and you can really push it.
Cons: Doesn't like to turn at all, rudder seems pretty marginal (I am going to replace it) and my venturi valve leaks.

All in all a great plastic boat.

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I have had my Expedition for…

Submitted by: FrankNC on 7/14/2013

I have had my Expedition for a few years. It is a fast boat that has no trouble keeping up with other boats. It carries a good load. I weigh 230 and am 5'10" and it fits me well. It takes some time to move the foot bar for different size paddlers. It is a very straight tracking boat and is stable compared to sea kayaks. It is not stable compared to most other sit on tops. Very good in choppy and rough water. I use it for sailing as well. The hatches are very tight and do not leak.

I recommend you try one, if you are on the fence and cannot get one to try you will not be disappointed if you order one.

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Fantastic kayak. This is my…

Submitted by: paddler234986 on 5/5/2013

Fantastic kayak. This is my third kayak and the cheapest and best. I'm not sure if this model is still in production I had to get this one as a factory second. It's has similar lines and hull to a sea kayak but all the practicality of an s.o.t. I don't know of any other sot like it. I will in all probability keep it for life.

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The latest version of the…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/16/2013

The latest version of the Expedition has an updated rudder and pedal system that fixes the issues with the old (see gripes below).

The boat itself is a joy. Plenty fast and a SOT, like a surf ski, but way more practical and stable for most paddlers. Don't get me wrong, the Expedition isn't overly stable, but if you want a fast SOT for touring or adventure races this is a great choice. It may be one of the only choices left in fast SOT speed touring kayaks. Cobra's linear poly is nice and stiff which may be why they do a 19' SOT.

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I've owned an Cobra…

Submitted by: paddler233961 on 4/27/2011

I've owned an Cobra Expedition for over 6 years now. I was deathly afraid of it until I received my thigh braces. Now it seems stable and very fast. I've practiced rolls in it and it does pretty well, even when weighted down with gear. I ended up sealing the Venturi plug because I couldn't keep the water out. My hatches have stayed sealed pretty well and only find minor leaking. I've done multi-day adventure paddles down the Big Manistee River in Michigan and long paddles on Lake Michigan. It does extremely well with wind and waves though I agree with other reviewers that it gets a bit dicey on a downwind trek in waves. I've used it as a workout tool and it competes well again kevlar ski's pretty well. I rebuilt my foot pedals and braces because they kept breaking. That is a major knock on it along with a flimsy rudder system. But, this isn't made to turn on a dime. Its made to go long and fast, and it does that well.

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I paddled the Cobra…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/22/2010

I paddled the Cobra Expedition for nearly 2 years. It is is a kind of unique boat in that is a sit on top but can behave in many ways almost like a classic sea kayak. I used it in different sea conditions including pretty high waves with no problem (after getting used to it).

A major bad point though is the horrible leaking of the hatches. This problem, which could not be mended expect by permanently sealing the hatches, basically prevents this boat to go far & long as it is intended to do, unless it's a calm water environment.This problem also kept giving me a hard time constantly.
It is not great in surfing to the shore, but it's pretty good in riding swell.
In the end I almost stopped using the rudder and used edging to maneuver (with the help of thigh braces). it worked quite well for such a long boat.

It is very fast and (unlike most sit on tops) can rival many traditional sea kayaks. The hull it is light yet durable. The rudder system & omegas & rivets are pretty vulnerable and should be treated with extreme caution and fixed from time to time.

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I bought two Expeditions fall…

Submitted by: paddler233463 on 1/7/2010

I bought two Expeditions fall of '08. My wife and I are very experienced paddlers. My first experience with the new boat, the small round hatch in the cockpit leaked in at least 20 gallons of water in 2ft seas 15mi. per hr wind. The boat was rendered un-paddleable, I had to swim it to shore. Found and fixed the leak by siliconing the hatch shut permanently.

As to the rest of the boat the rudder pedals are very poorly placed for a paddler over 6'3" Rudder is too small to be effective and very flimsy in construction. Deck mounted control lines are weak at best. Cockpit drain system is difficult to use and easily fills with sand.

High points, very fast in calm water. Toggled hatches seal well. Cobra customer service was non existent. Not recommended

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I traded my old Perception…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/10/2008

I traded my old Perception Carolina plus $125 for a near perfect slate grey Expedition. The guy I traded with found the Carolina more suited to his needs and vice-versa. I have a small lake behind me and I train on it. Alot. The Perception was ok but when I really got on it I think I was getting past the hull speed of the boat. The bow wake was pretty substantial... noisy too. So I put the Expedition in the water and decided to give it a try. I'd heard that it was a bit tippy, but actually found it to be incredibly stable.... almost TOO stable. Then again, I'd spent the last month climbing back into a 17" wide Valhalla Victory Special surfski that kept throwing me out. I don't dump out of the ski anymore, and that's probably why the Expedition felt so stable. I actually trained in a gym to develop the balance skills needed to stay on the ski. I would sit on two exercise balls... my feet on one and my butt on the other... suspended in air. I did tons of practice paddling with a PVC rod and also did lots of free-weight work...in mid-air, so to speak. I highly recommend it. Anyway, at this point, I don't think I could flip this thing if I tried.

From the first stroke, the Expedition has a very specific personality. It wants to go straight... I don't have the rudder. It feels clumsy.... for about 4 or 5 strokes. It feels unbelievably fast after those 4 or 5 strokes. It's hands down the easiest boat to paddle fast that I've ever been in. It feels really good when your flat out hammering it. If you need to turn a bit, the easiest way is to just take a few extra strokes on one side. It doesn't respond all that well to sweep strokes when going real slow but who cares?

I can't wait to see how badly I whip my "flying mile" time in the Perception. If your going really fast, and you need to do a "U-turn" it feels like your trying to stop a runaway truck. Nice momentum! Just lay the blade on the water back behind your hips and flat LEAN on it. I thought I was gonna break my carbon wing trying to stop this thing. Personally, I don't think it weighs in at the advertised 48lbs, but I'm not planning on lugging it around... I'll be paddling it instead. More than anything, the Expedition is a real hoot.

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I originally got the…

Submitted by: joebhamilton on 2/25/2008

I originally got the Expedition for kayaking through the surf and in the ocean. It worked ok for this purpose but it was very, very slow turning around in the ocean. I replaced the Cobra plastic foot pedals with the updated aluminum foot pedals that Cobra sent me for free. I also replaced the weak stock plastic rudder system with a Feathercraft rudder system with their tandem (large) aluminum rudder blade, which has more area and is longer than the plastic stock Cobra blade. This works better than the stock rudder system, but the Expedition is still slow turning around in waves.

I now use another sit on top in the ocean and am learning to paddle my Epic V10 sport surf ski, so the Expedition will be used more for fishing. It fits me well, allows one to sit side saddle and cast, and has a lot of (narrow) storage space under the front and rear hatches. However the 20 ft Epic surfski turns much faster than the 18 ft Expedition, so the long rear keel must affect its turning radius despite the large rudder.

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I use this boat to spearfish…

Submitted by: paddler230925 on 1/7/2005

I use this boat to spearfish in NZ: unstable weather and big yellowtails!

Easy and fast to paddle, and since this time in +25knt head winds and close to 50kg of fish/gear where I manage to get back to the beach, I trust fully this kayak... even if I was singing "the yellow submarine" the whole time!

I did some modifications to organize all the diving gear on the deck, and I only get reserve gear or big fishes thought the main hatches: It is actually quite impressive to see this hatches swallow a 25kg yellowtail but I only do so if the weather is OK (if is not you must be able to bail the fish).

My only real complain is that the hatches always leak a bit, while the day hatch behind the seat doesn't seal properly and I've end up by fitting a Tupperware box on it to keep some gear dry.

The rudder is weak, and the side wings break easily: I end up by build an alloy replacement. If you use the rudder the boat slow down, and I only resort to it if is really windy.

Stable? Sometimes fall asleep while resting in between the dives... must be OK!!!

I do find the boat difficult to handle down wind with rear side swell, the stability is reduced big time and if I'm heavily loaded I end up by taking boards and avoid a swim... but this problem is probably exacerbate by all my dive gear on the deck and a cockpit full of fish and crayfish. The running water on the cockpit maintains all my catch fresh and sometimes alive...

Over all the boat is impressive... used with a wing paddle is not much out there that keep up the speed or distance this hull manage. Current, wind, swell, exhaustion... I'm always back to my launching point with out any problem, enjoying the ride, and able to reach areas that not much diving kayaks can dream of.

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I have a background in…

Submitted by: paddler230323 on 8/19/2003

I have a background in whitewater and kayak surfing, so I did not find the expedition to be at all unstable or tricky to paddle. In fact, I was surprised at how stable it was.

The first time I tried one I found it remarkabley stable and fast. After two minutes, my paddling partner (my 2.5 year-old son) climbed aboard, sat in the baby-seat-shaped depression in front of the foot pedals, faced me, and we went for a very fast run out through chop on a local river. We even played "rock the boat", which involves the two of us rocking left and right aggressively. Now my son asks to go paddling almost every day; we do so often. He tells his mom that he likes the new kayak because it is "fast".

The boat does fill up with water when crashing through surf, but after paddling for 10-20 seconds or so with the venturi vent open, all the water gets sucked out. No big deal. I have paddled many miles out to sea by myself, through 3-5' point breaks off Vilano Beach. The water comes out quickly, as long as you are paddling efficiently. Handles big pushy waves well too. Very light boat. I could see how beginners might find it a bit difficult. But, if you have paddled any kayak before, and try this one, it will seem like a rocket on the water. Plastic is fantastic. Rock on! God bless you.

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This is my fourth kayak and…

Submitted by: oldspooky on 8/6/2003

This is my fourth kayak and my second sit on top. My other SOT is a Necky Cruiser which I love for the narrow technical rivers of north Florida. I wanted something faster for the open gulf water and with our weather here a SOT is usable 98% of the time.

There is little in this class for competition. The Expedition is long and thin and very fast. I can keep up with the best and often lead. For its size it is very light and therefore as easy to handle as my fiberglass Endeavor. Storage is plentiful and the unusual hatch closurers for a kayak are just fine. I did add a couple of handles at the midpoint for one person loading and unloading. I also added some deck rigging for ease in reboarding from deep water; the external rudder lines are not great for anything except not being inside to foul on something. The rudder is fine though the foot control bar will not fit on all the indented foot holders that you think it would, its too short for the furthest, so tall paddlers should check for comfort length. The boat runs straight and true and the rudder only has come into play on my boat with strong current or high wind. The boat has a nice low profile for wind.

That nice low profile is also the reason it takes lots of water in anything but quiet seas. I like others rating this boat find its only real drawback being what it does or more aptly, does not do with the water that enters the cockpit. The venturi works fine when moving along but when stopped or moving slow, even after closing the valve when boat had no water, water arrives and has no good place to go. On the positive side, most of the water stays below seat level so you do not feel like your sitting in a bathtub; unless seas are running. But it is after all a sit on top. It runs sluggish when the cockpit is filled with water, but balance is ok even then. For a long, narrow and fast SOT, the Cobra Expedition is the boat.

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I have been paddling my cobra…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/21/2003

I have been paddling my cobra expedition for about two months. It is fast and great fun to paddle, waves tend to fill the cockpit and its difficult to empty. Easy to carry on a car top. This is a great lake and river boat, Just the thing for this 70 year old water rat.

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My current boat is a Tourer,…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/14/2001

My current boat is a Tourer, my next one will be an Expedition. I have rented it several times over a period of a couple of years. The first time I paddled it with about a month of current kayaking experience, I fell out a lot. It feels really tippy when you are a novice. About 9 mos. later I tried it again and managed not to fall out but felt tense all the time. At that time I was paddling an Explorer. Recently I rented it for a days paddling on Elkhorn Slough, at Moss Landing, and enjoyed it immensely. At this time I'd been paddling a tourer for about 3 months.

The Explorer is fast, I'm able to keep up with the front few of my club, which is almost exclusively decked boats, with only moderate effort. In other words you can paddle all day with some pretty fast boats and not be exhausted.

The unloaded explorer has next to no initital stability. This is due to an unloaded boat with a 200 lb. paddler riding on just the round bottomed part of the boat. There is absolutely nothing to keep the boat from starting to tip. Once you learn to let it go, relaxing your waist and letting you butt go with the boat while your torso stays upright, the secondary stability kicks in at about 10 or 15 degrees of tip from the horizontal. That is when the flat sponsoned sides of the boat enter the water and submerge enough to provide stabilizing buoyancy. In this position I found it turned quite well for such a long boat. I never used the rudder in the side channels of Elkhorn Slough.

I had reservations about the boat for diving because it doesn't have a tankwell. I don't use tanks, I just snorkel, but I don't like opening a hatch on the water. Once I really looked it over and discovered that the square hatch behind the seat doesn't open to the inside of the boat, but to a closed tub suitable for some diving gear or use as a live well. I would really, really like to see Cobra make this deeper as it seems to go only partway to the bottom of the boat. If I dive the Expedition I wouldn't want to put my weight belt in there because the weight would be too high. I'd have to carry it under my knees/feet in the deeper part of the boat.

It's easily the fastest sit on top that I know of available at this time. Heritage used to make a really quick one, that I never learned to stay in, but it was faster. Now a discontinued model. The only bad things are the drainaged system and the fact that the rectangular hatch tub doesn't extend all the way to the bottom of the boat.

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I have been paddling my…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/29/2001

I have been paddling my Expedition for the past 7 months on lakes, harbors and the open sea. I love the boat! It is fast and can keep up with the closed deck boats without problem. I use the rudder system only in heavy winds or currents as the boat can track well by just leaning and edging. The storage compartments generally keep things dry and the hatch locking system can be adjusted if they begin to leak. My only complaints are: The wet seat in any kind rear quartering seas and the drainage system which makes it hard to launch in a high multiple wave surf. I am soon paddling a submarine. I would not trade this boat of any SOT I have seen or paddled. The venturi baling system works well when moving. Operative word is moving! Once flooded by a breaker there is a lot of water in the cockpit to maneuver.

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I researched and paddled a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/13/2000

I researched and paddled a lot of sit-on-top kayaks before deciding on the Cobra Expedition. In my experience, the Expedition is by far the best touring sit-on-top in its class, if not the only one. The 18' hull is sleek and fast in the water, and slices through waves and chop effortlessly. Even though the boat tracks straight and true, I highly recommend the rudder kit. It's helpful in tight situations and long passages. The narrow beam and long water line contribute to less stability over similar boats; however, after a few hours paddling you get a feel for it and appreciate its efficiency and performance through the water. Friends have commented on the awkward design of the hatch locks (too many), but that's a personal thing. The system works fine and keeps my gear dry. The hull material is super linear polyethylene and may seem thin and weak at first, but it is strong and light, much appreciated when loading/unloading off the car. My experience with this kayak has been great, and I would recommend trying one out before purchasing any sit-on-top.

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I have been paddling my…

Submitted by: paddler228951 on 10/9/2000

I have been paddling my Expedition for about 3 months and am very pleased with its overall performance. It is a bit tippy for beginners but a few hours on the water will make the practice worthwhile. The boat is fast and tracks very well. I paddle with friends with fiberglass and kevlar boats and I have no trouble keeping up. My only concern is the drainage system. The Expedition does not have scuppers for self-draining. Rather it has a mechanical bottom "vent" which clears water only down to about 2-3 inches. But overall, it is a great touring/workout boat for the money.

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L: 16’6″; W: 23″; 42 lbs.

Made from super-linear polyethylene, the Eliminator is hit-me-with-your-best-shot durable. But at 42 pounds, it’s a handful to carry alone. It has the sleek racing design of an Olympic K-1—narrow bow, relatively high bucket seat and adjustable foot pedals to control the over-stern rudder (you’ll need to adjust the rudder levels carefully to find the proper tension, and keep an Allen wrench to reposition the seat and/or foot well if you’re handing it to a different-sized mate). While it’s a surfski by design, it’s best suited to flatwater. “It’s a dry ride up to about 1-foot chop, but over 2 feet and it’s a bathtub, even with the venturi [drain] open,” one tester said, on a day when the Hudson was standing on its head. Eager to give the Eliminator another go, we took it out on a lake upstate, and there, the boat’s strengths emerged: While it’s more tippy (read: more fun) than other plastic sit-on-tops we’ve tried, it’s far more stable than fiberglass ‘skis and still narrow enough up front to paddle with proper technique. The only problem is that kids seem to love it as well. Left tied to the dock, each time I headed to the water to train, some kid would already be a half-mile offshore, paddling the streamlined yellow racer possessed.

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This is my guide to the top ten kayaks I have owned or paddled which are suitable for flatwater touring, coastal cruising and wildlife watching.

They are listed in reverse order with number one being the kayak that I consider to be the best for the job.

10. SIPRE MILLENIUM SEA KAYAK

I thought I should include a conventional Sit-in sea kayak just to show that I am not completely biased towards Sit-on-tops. I bought this particular craft when I dibbled with a bit of competition sea kayaking. It was suitably quick and I thought it might also be good for notching up a few miles  of coastal touring.

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I paddled round Baggy and Morte points in North Devon on a perfect calm day, enjoyed the thrill of scorching along but really didn’t enjoy the gnawing concern of what would happen if I tipped out. I know how to eskimo roll but was fully aware that the majority of competent paddlers (and incompetent ones like me) probably wouldn’t be able to perform a roll ‘in anger’.

You would be struggling to find a faster boat than this, but if you want a worry-free paddle, would like to sit on something more forgiving than a solid fibreglass seat, and paddle something a bit more stable and relaxing, then this is not for you.

It looked great on the roofrack. It spent a lot of time there.

I sold it.

9. GUMOTEX SEAWAVE INFLATABLE DOUBLE KAYAK

Oh come on, you’ve got to be kidding. You cannot include an inflatable in a review of serious kayaks. Well, yes I can, because quality inflatables are remarkably waterworthy.

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The trouble with hardshell double kayaks is that they tend to be horrifically heavy. Getting them on the roof could result in any number of strains ,tears and ruptures to many areas of your musculoskeletal system.

This kayak lives in a bag the size of a large rucksack and once inflated is so comfortable that come coffee break and lunchtime you will want to stay lounging and stretching out in the boat instead of trying to find somewhere comfortable to sit on a patch of slithery kelp between those barnacle-encrusted rocks.

Inflatables have the reputation of being blown around by the wind lilo-style. This is massively reduced by the tracking fin which acts like a skeg and locks it on to the surface very effectively.

For me the Seawave is just a bit too long and takes a long time  to inflate, and is prone to bending in the middle when there is a bit of chop. I don’t use the optional top deck stiffening poles.

It’s also a pity it doesn’t have drainage (scupper) holes like its smaller stablemate the Safari, so that water flicked in by the paddles gradually accumulates and needs to be scooped out every so often.

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But it is superb for a super-comfortable and relaxed paddle for two, or a major camping expedition for one. I used mine for a four day camping trip down the River Severn.

8.PADDLEYAK SWIFT.

South Africans know about seaworthy craft as their patch of sea can get a bit lively.

The Paddleyak Swift comes from Cape Town and is a fantastic and stylish sit-on-top sea kayak (technically a hybrid as it’s got a coaming for a spray deck, but you really don’t need it). It is only 23 inches wide and so unusually fast for a SOT.

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I paddled mine for many years and completed my longest sea paddle of 36 miles (along the length of Chesil Bank and back) in this craft. It’s drawback is that there is no comfortable seat, little back support and the hatches are very small.

But you will struggle to find a better looking kayak. When I rolled up on the beach heads used to turn. Or was that because of my groans as my numb backside came back to life?

It’s just a bit basic compared to the more ‘comfort aware’ range of kayaks now available.

7 OCEAN KAYAK SCUPPER PRO

This was one of the first plastic Sit-on-tops. And what a design. 26 inches wide so narrower than many of its style , and at 14ft long  impressively fast. A huge hatch at the front (which inevitably leaks a bit), and a tankwell behind the seat.

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The only real drawback is the low seating position which means you have a wet ride and are permanently sitting in a puddle of water. This of course is a common SOT problem but most others have  either the seat raised a bit or have channels to drain away the water.

I managed to hole my Scupper Pro while paddling down a river and a rock punctured the hull adjacent to the central tankwell scupper hole at the back. Although it was repaired I lost a bit of confidence with it.

6 WILDERNESS TARPON 160

I think the Tarpon 160 was designed for Americans who spend a lot of time at McDonalds. It is a battleship of a kayak. I bought it when I was in the heart of my kayak-fishing phase with a view to landing some mighty fish. It did indeed see some action with several Tope up to 60lbs.

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It is very robustly built and has a  comfortable seat and excellent adjustable backrest. My 160 was 16ft long so I could pack in huge quantities of camping gear (plus other people’s surplus they couldn’t fit in their own kayaks). It is 28″ wide which is about standard for this type of kayak.

Tarpon’s are justifiably popular but have one major drawback (apart from the leaky front hatch which I think is now resolved). They are horrifically heavy. I’m still not sure how I used to ‘clean and jerk’ mine onto the roof of my MPV without dislocating my entire body.

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I think it weighed 32 kgs but I never dared check in case it was more than that.

As I do a lot of solo kayaking a boat that I can get onto the roof by myself without needing a stay in hospital is absolutely essential.

And surely having a similar craft which is 25% lighter can only be an advantage.

But it served me well during several multiday camping trips including a five-day expedition to the Scilly Isles rounded off by the thirty mile open-sea crossing back to Cornwall.

I sold it for something lighter.

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This is my kind of boat. I really love it. It is narrow (26″) and sleek and longish (14ft). Best of all it is light….23kgs.

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I have used one quite a lot in Spain and paddled in excess of 30 miles per day.  I think I am probably about as tall as it would accept as my feet are squashed against the bulkhead of the footwell, and I am 6ft 1in. Similarly a heavier paddler might have balance issues as this is quite a narrow delicate craft, certainly when compared to the Tarpon which could accommodate a small elephant.

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But it looks great, like a conventional sea kayak, and goes satisfactorily fast.

It has a good watertight tupperware-style front hatch, and attachment points for a comfortable seat.

4. OCEAN KAYAK MALIBU 2

My first SOT Kayak. 16 years ago. My eyes were opened. It was exactly what I had been dreaming of for years. What a fantastic boat. Although little more than a flat slab of plastic with a couple of shallow recesses for seats.

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But absolutely worry-free and in fact great fun for swimming off, fishing from and generally larking about with the family. Thank goodness I didn’t buy that Sit-in sea kayak which I so nearly did, and would only have used a fraction as often as the Malibu 2.

It is quite wide and quite slow but extraordinarily light compared to the newer double SOTs.

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It introduced large numbers of friends and family to the delights of kayaking.

Fun,fun and more fun.

It was eventually scrapped when the keel wore completely through due to excessive dragging.

3. GUMOTEX SAFARI INFLATABLE KAYAK

I have owned a Safari for nearly two years and still cannot quite believe it. It is my kayak of choice for trips up to ten miles long (quite often more) and it seems to defy the laws of science and aquatics, because it goes almost as fast as anything else. It really shouldn’t.

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I think that it is because it is so sensationally comfortable, and jamming your backside against the huge inflatable seat, and your feet against the squashy inflatable footrest, means that you can perfect your paddling action including pumping of the legs and so maximise your paddling efficiency. You are poised like a coiled spring.

I was very doubtful when I bought. it but thought it would hasten my return to the water following a knee replacement. It did, as it weighs only 12kgs.

But since then I have clocked up over 2,000 miles in it, including a 32 mile open coast paddle around Land’s End from Penzance to Longships Lighthouse and back, which is a grade ‘C’ sea kayak trip (the most severe). So technically I did it twice!

It seems to keep up with chums in normal recreational SOT kayaks and is a lot easier to sling around on land. Lots of room for gear in the tankwell behind and, probably its best feature, has scupper holes between the side and floor inflation chambers that make it self-draining. I didn’t realise what a benefit this was until I saw how much water accumulated in the non self-draining Seawave.

Its tracking fin means it doesn’t get blown around.

At only ten foot long and 28″ wide it still amazes me with its speed through the water.

My only criticism is that it gets slowed down rather more than a more substantial craft when heading in to wind and chop but this is hardly surprising.

It is so idiotically comfy and so light and easy to use that I would dare to suggest that over the course of an entire days paddling you would end up notching up the same distance in a Gumotex Safari as you would in any other kayak because you take a fraction of the time to get on and off the water and don’t need to have breaks to stretch your legs onshore because it is a lot more comfortable in the boat (and you don’t get stiff, and can move around).

It might be a bit tippy if you are over 80-90kgs.

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2. COBRA EXPEDITION

I spent a long time looking for a kayak like this.  Essentially an expedition sea kayak with SOT credentials. And it was plastic so good and rock-proof.

Narrow (less than 23″ wide) and surprisingly light (less than 23kgs). 18ft long.

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But very difficult to get hold of one in the UK because of lack of demand. Kayakers wanting a performance sea kayak went for a Sit-in, paddlers wanting a recreational Sit-on-top , frequently for fishing, went for a wider more stable variety….very sensibly.

But not me. I was looking for a narrow craft that would REALLY do the mileage, but by this time I was a definite SOT convert. I just can’t see the point of having to worry about safety associated with falling out of your boat when you have absolutely no worry at all when paddling a SOT. And can stretch your legs. And sit with your legs dangling over the edge having a cup of tea ten miles from the shore. All those pages devoted to rescue techniques in the sea kayaking books can be torn out and replaced with a few words……..’you just climb back on’.

I will accept that it just might not be that easy to climb back on if the conditions were bad enough to tip you out in the first place, but its going to be easier than getting back into a swamped  sit-in sea kayak.

(And also I will accept that SOTs encourage completely inexperienced kayakers to take to the water with all the associated risks).

Back to the Cobra Expedition. It’s not quite as comfortable as some SOTs and comes only with a backrest. I glued on a load of camping mat to the seat area which probably makes it a bit more unstable. Stability is definitely an issue with the Expedition but something you will get used to.

To make it as steady as possible the seat is set low. This leads to a wet ride in anything more than six inches of chop because water comes over the low freeboard. So expect to get a wet backside in anything other than completely flat conditions.

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The rudder is handy but it has an appallingly big turning circle. However this is not really a problem as tight turns are not really required when sea kayaking. The beauty of having a rudder is that you can concentrate on keeping  up a steady paddling rhythm and finely tweek or adjust your direction using the foot pedals.

Only one major complaint with this kayak . The hatches leak. They are good size hatches with covers locked down by eight plastic rotating toggles. But if you get waves over the deck, and this does happen a lot with this craft which is fast and low-profile, water gets through. Embarassingly I havn’t found out quite how yet. I completely taped over the cover of the small day hatch behind the sea, and water still got in!

The quantity that enters always seems more than it actually is, but it is a bit of a concern given my penchant for offshore paddling.

However overall a fantastic kayak.

I put its Expedition credentials to the test when I spent two months paddling around the west of Scotland in 2014 (including around St Kilda). Surely as good as any  Sit-in sea kayak.

1. OCEAN KAYAK PROWLER 13 or 15

The original, and in my opinion still the best.

It’s pretty remarkable that Ocean Kayak’s initial design for one of the first recreational SOTs has yet to be bettered.

It’s perfect for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.

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At 28″ wide and 13 (or 15)ft long it is moderately fast. It is super stable. It is well laid out. You can clip in a comfortable seat. It has got a big storage space behind the seat. It is a pleasure to paddle. It is lightish (approx 24kgs).

I am talking about the original uncluttered Prowler 13. This is all you need for touring or wildlife watching. All manner of newer versions are aimed at fishing and the plethora of gadgets increase the weight considerably. Light is good as it ultimately means you go paddling more often.

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I would recommend the Prowler 13 to anyone as a first SOT , and often do. It’s length means it has better tracking than a shorter kayak and so is more suitable for longer trips. Also length means it has better ‘glide’, so carries on moving through the water for longer and in the right direction if you stop to scratch your nose.

And more length means more suitability for packing in the gear for camping trips.

My first single SOT was a Prowler 15 and I seriously regret selling it.

SUMMARY

So that is it….my overview of the best kayaks for distance cruising and wildlife watching, based on nearly 17,000 miles paddled. (2020 update……over 25,500 miles now!)

You will notice I drone on a lot about weight. Weight is much more important than you might realise. And plastic (rotomoulded) kayaks seem to be getting heavier because they come with more and more features which are largely unnecessary if you are not fishing. All you need for fishing anyway is a couple of rodholders.

The heavier a kayak is the less likely you are to take it out in marginal conditions (such as a cold wet day in winter) because it is just too much effort. You are more likely to stay at home and eat cakes and watch the telly.

That is why I love my Gumotex Safari inflatable because I can chuck it in the back of the car and be on the water within a minute of arriving at the river/lake/sea. This is an extreme example but the principle applies to all of them.

Unquestionably the best multipurpose craft which you will be guaranteed to enjoy is a Sit-on-top which is over 12ft long (so it tracks and glides well on extended trips) and about 28″ wide which provides the best compromise between speed and stability. Like the good old Prowler 13.

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After a summer of paddling…

Submitted by: cobra expedition kayak traplive on 10/23/2016

After a summer of paddling the Cobra Expedition alongside other smaller kayaks, I'm upgrading my previous rating, cobra expedition kayak. The limitations are still the same, but I find that I love the handling in wind and waves, and the speed can't be beat. If I had the money and space for multiple kayaks, I'd keep the Cobra and also have a fishing kayak.
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I've shoot straight casselberry death the Cobra…

Submitted by: traplive cobra expedition kayak on 6/15/2016

I've paddled the Cobra Expedition in Hood Canal and southern Cobra expedition kayak Sound. As other reviewers mention, this boat tracks straight and flies fast. I have not had a problem with stability, even in wind, waves and boat wakes. I find it a joy to paddle point to point. That's where the joy ends, cobra expedition kayak. Despite caulking and seal replacement the cockpit still fills with water. The venturi bailer was such a leaky pain that I finally took it out and replaced it with some cut up pieces of a 5 gallon bucket lid, cobra expedition kayak. Maneuvering in close quarters is cobra expedition kayak at best. The yachts in the Marina can turn around at the fuel dock easier than I can. I find myself planning turns ahead of time. Since I enjoy freshwater and saltwater fishing, I'm selling the Cobra and looking for a shorter, wider, fishing SOT. Eddyline Caribbean here I come.

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cobra expedition kayak I've been paddling this boat…

Submitted by: paddler236712 on 4/27/2016

I've been paddling this boat for 4 years. The first time I paddled it I was sold on it. Out cobra expedition kayak dark on a big lake, cobra expedition kayak. Wind came up producing large following waves. We could hear them coming from behind. The water passed by and folded over the bow. The boat never noticed. This boat is on rails and really only needs the rudder for close turns. The only downside for me is the cockpit drain. It leaks all the time and I have been unable to get a new seal from Cobra. On a 15 mile river paddle last summer I did decide to improve the seat.

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I have owned my Cobra for…

Submitted by: CathyY on 7/2/2015

I have owned my Cobra for about 10 years-ish. I use it in rough waters and have always been very pleased with the tracking and speed. It's pretty, it's comfortable, it's stable, and has tons of storage for my annual 5 day camping trip. On the downside, it's very hard to turn if you're trying to turn sharp, even with the rudder; this limits shoreline exploring. It sits low in the water, and with 5 days supply, even cobra expedition kayak. Then in rough water, the cockpit fills quickly, and you can't get enough speed for the venturi valve to work. So you have to stop, pump out, and lose all momentum. The very conditions that fill the cockpit are the conditions that prevent me from getting the speed I need to drain it. This has been by far the greatest drawback on this otherwise awesome open cockpit boat, cobra expedition kayak.

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I have been using my Cobra expedition kayak

Submitted by: paddler236076 cobra expedition kayak on 12/8/2014

cobra expedition kayak I have been using my Cobra Expedition in cobra expedition kayak lake and on the good side it tracks really well can get it up to a good speed. The not so good is turning, and as it so low in the water any wash goes into the cockpit, cobra expedition kayak, I got caught in really bad weather and to the kayaks credit, even with cockpit with a lot of water in it, I got back home. the drain works well as long as you get the boat up to good speed. I have been paddling surf ski's in the lake a lot so the Cobra isn't a problem but I wouldn't buy another one.

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I have had my Cobra for…

Submitted by: paddler235401 on 11/22/2013

I have had my Cobra for several years and is a good Boat to add to your fleet.

Pros:
Good speed, lots of storage, good platform for ocean fishing or diving and it gets you to your spot faster than most. Flat deck my Jack Russell loves w/added cobra expedition kayak skid surface, cobra expedition kayak.

Cons:
Wet boat in rough conditions, cobra expedition kayak, Venturi leaked, sealed it. used the rudder maybe twice and dropped it, Turns like a tanker, hard to cobra expedition kayak. But a good boat depending what you want to do.

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Got this as my first yak.…

Submitted by: cobra expedition kayak paddler235350 cobra expedition kayak on 9/23/2013 cork traction pad surf

Got this as my first yak. Love the thing but it takes on a lot of water through the hatches and rudder holes, potential leaking on scupper holes as well, cobra expedition kayak. Need to bail it out every 15 minutes or so, when the hull fills with water this thing gets TIPPY!!! The hatches are a pain in the butt, takes like 7 different latches you gotta open up, then turn half way counter clockwise to unlock the hatch. All that and they still leak!!!

Also cockpit fills with water as the venturi leaks, drains well when moving fast. So if you are sitting the cockpit will fill with water. Not a cold water yak unless you like a cold butt, For Hawaii/tropical climates its fine though.

Tracks well into wind and is FAST but for some reason the front keel on mine is bent to the left, making the boat have a left turning tendency, without right rudder the thing would literally go in large circles. Not too big of an issue though, doesn't seem to add much if any drag.

When the hull isn't filled with water the stability is fine for me I am 155 lbs 6'
To access to hatches you can't reach behind you or you'll get tippy, gotta sit on the side with your legs in the water for stability.

Overall I am very pleased with this yak. If I could somehow get the hull water tight it would be perfect but we all know that never happens with leaky hatches unless you weld em shut!

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Bought my Expedition SOT used…

Submitted by: paddler235327 on 9/4/2013

Bought my Expedition SOT used last year and really have been enjoying it. I'm 6'1" 205lbs, and this boat feels about right for me. Never had a problem swimming pool inside hotel room mumbai stability, in fact I have the largest sail kit from FalconSails.com and have a blast with it, even in gusty winds Though when sailing the thigh straps are a must have.

Pros: Feels very fast, and you can really push it.
Cons: Doesn't like to turn at all, rudder seems pretty marginal (I am going to replace it) and my venturi valve leaks.

All in all a great plastic boat.

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cobra expedition kayak I have had my Expedition for…

Submitted by: FrankNC on 7/14/2013

I have had my Expedition for a few years. It is a fast boat that has no trouble keeping up with other boats. It carries a good load. I weigh 230 and am 5'10" and it fits me well. It takes some time to move the foot bar for kansas baseball teams looking for players size paddlers. It is a very straight tracking boat and is stable compared to sea kayaks, cobra expedition kayak. It is not stable compared to most other sit on tops. Very good in choppy and rough water. I use it for sailing as well. The hatches are very tight and do not leak.

I recommend you try one, if you are on the fence and cannot get one to try you will not be disappointed if you order one, cobra expedition kayak.

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Fantastic kayak. This is my… cobra expedition kayak Submitted by: paddler234986 on 5/5/2013

Fantastic kayak. This is my third kayak and the cheapest and best. I'm not sure if this model is still in production I had to get this one as a factory second, cobra expedition kayak. It's has similar lines and hull to a sea kayak white water rafting terminology all the practicality of an s.o.t. I don't know of any other sot like it, cobra expedition kayak. I will in all probability keep it for life.

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The latest version of the…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/16/2013

The latest version of the Expedition has an updated rudder and pedal system that fixes the issues with the old (see gripes below), cobra expedition kayak.

The boat itself is a joy. Plenty fast and a SOT, like a surf ski, but way more practical and stable for most paddlers. Don't get me wrong, the Expedition isn't overly stable, cobra expedition kayak, but if you want a fast SOT for touring or adventure races this oli shell motor sport a great choice, cobra expedition kayak. It may be one of the only choices left in fast SOT speed cobra expedition kayak kayaks. Cobra's linear poly is nice and stiff which may be why they do a 19' SOT.

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I've owned an Cobra…

Submitted by: curling iron tension spring paddler233961 on 4/27/2011

I've owned an Cobra Expedition for over 6 years now. I was deathly afraid of it until I received my thigh braces. Now it seems stable and very fast. I've practiced rolls in it and it does pretty well, even when weighted down with gear. I ended up sealing the Venturi plug because I couldn't keep the water out. My hatches have stayed sealed pretty well and only find minor leaking. I've done multi-day adventure paddles down the Big Manistee River in Michigan and long paddles on Lake Michigan. It does extremely well with wind and waves though I agree with other reviewers that it gets a bit dicey on a downwind trek in waves. I've used it as a workout tool and it competes well again kevlar ski's pretty well. I rebuilt my foot pedals and braces because they kept breaking. That is a major knock on it along with a flimsy rudder system. But, this isn't made to turn on a dime. Its made to go long and fast, and it does that well, cobra expedition kayak.

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I paddled the Cobra expedition kayak

Submitted by: cobra expedition kayak guest-paddler on 10/22/2010

I paddled the Cobra Expedition for nearly 2 years. It is cobra expedition kayak a kind of unique boat in that is a sit on top but can behave in many ways almost like a classic sea kayak. I used it in different sea conditions including pretty high waves with no problem (after getting used mustard floral jumpsuit it).

A major bad point though is the horrible leaking of the hatches. This problem, which could not be mended expect by permanently sealing the hatches, basically prevents this boat to go far & long as it is everlast basketball ball to do, unless it's a calm water environment.This problem also kept giving me cobra expedition kayak hard time constantly.
It is not great in surfing to the shore, but it's pretty good in riding swell.
In the end I almost stopped using the rudder and used edging to maneuver (with the help of thigh braces). it worked quite well for such a long boat.

It is very fast and (unlike most sit on tops) can rival many traditional sea kayaks. The hull it is light yet durable. The rudder system & omegas & rivets are pretty vulnerable and cricket satta me jitne ke upay be treated with extreme caution and fixed from time to time.

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I bought two Expeditions fall…

Submitted by: paddler233463 on 1/7/2010 cobra expedition kayak

I bought two Expeditions fall of '08. My wife and Futsal keeper tape are very experienced paddlers. My first experience with the new boat, the small round hatch in the cockpit leaked in at least 20 gallons of water in 2ft seas 15mi. per hr wind. The boat was rendered un-paddleable, I had to swim it to shore. Found and fixed the leak by siliconing the hatch shut permanently.

As to the rest of the boat the rudder pedals are very poorly placed for a paddler over 6'3" Rudder is too small to be effective and very flimsy in construction. Deck mounted control lines are weak at best. Cockpit drain system is difficult to use and easily fills with sand.

High points, very fast in calm water, cobra expedition kayak. Toggled hatches seal well. Cobra customer service was non existent. Not recommended

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I traded my old Perception…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/10/2008

I traded my old Perception Carolina plus $125 for a near perfect slate grey Expedition. The guy I traded with found the Carolina more suited to his needs and vice-versa. I have a small lake behind me and I train on it. Alot. The Perception was ok but when I really got on it I think I was getting past the hull speed of the boat. The bow wake was pretty substantial. noisy too. So I put the Expedition in the water and decided to give it a try. I'd heard that it was a bit tippy, but actually found it to be incredibly stable. almost TOO stable. Then again, I'd spent the last month climbing back into a 17" wide Valhalla Victory Special surfski that kept throwing me out. I don't dump out of the ski anymore, cobra expedition kayak, and that's probably why the Expedition felt so stable. I actually trained in a gym to develop the balance skills needed to stay on the ski. I would sit on two exercise balls. my feet on one and my butt on the other. suspended in air. I did tons of practice paddling with a PVC rod and also did lots of free-weight work.in mid-air, so to speak. I highly recommend it. Anyway, at this point, I don't think I could flip this thing if I tried.

From the first stroke, the Expedition has a very specific personality. It wants to go straight. I don't have the rudder. It feels clumsy. for about 4 or 5 strokes. It feels unbelievably fast after those 4 or 5 strokes. It's hands down the easiest boat to paddle fast that I've ever been in. It feels really good when your flat out hammering it, cobra expedition kayak. If you need to turn a bit, the easiest way is to just take a few extra strokes on one side. It doesn't respond all that well to sweep strokes when going real slow but who cares?

I can't wait to see how badly I whip my "flying mile" time in the Perception, cobra expedition kayak. If your going really fast, and you need to do a "U-turn" it feels like your trying to stop a runaway truck. Nice momentum! Just lay the blade on the water back behind your hips and flat LEAN on it. I thought I was gonna break cobra expedition kayak carbon wing trying to stop this thing. Personally, cobra expedition kayak, I don't think it weighs in at the advertised 48lbs, but I'm not planning on lugging it around. I'll be paddling it instead. More than anything, the Expedition is a real hoot.

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I originally got the…

Submitted by: joebhamilton on 2/25/2008 a rainbow in soccer

I originally got the Expedition for kayaking through the surf and in the ocean. It worked ok cal lu basketball camp this purpose but it was very, very slow turning around in the ocean. I replaced the Cobra plastic foot pedals with the updated aluminum foot pedals that Cobra sent me for free. I also replaced the weak stock plastic rudder system with a Feathercraft rudder system with their tandem (large) aluminum rudder blade, which has more area and is longer than the plastic stock Cobra blade. This works better than the stock rudder system, but the Expedition is still slow turning around in waves.

I now use another sit on top in the ocean and am learning to paddle my Epic V10 sport surf ski, so the Expedition will be used more for fishing. It fits me well, allows one to sit side saddle and cast, cobra expedition kayak, and has a lot of (narrow) storage space under the front and rear hatches. However the 20 ft Epic surfski turns much faster than the 18 ft Expedition, so the long rear keel must affect its turning radius despite the large rudder.

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I use this boat to spearfish…

Submitted by: paddler230925 on 1/7/2005

I use this boat to spearfish in NZ: unstable weather and big yellowtails!

Easy and fast to paddle, and since this time in +25knt head winds and cobra expedition kayak to 50kg of fish/gear where I manage to get back to the beach, I trust fully this kayak. even if I was singing "the yellow submarine" the whole time!

I did some modifications to organize all the diving gear on the deck, and I only get reserve gear or big fishes thought the main hatches: It is actually quite impressive to see this hatches swallow a 25kg yellowtail but I only do so if the weather is OK (if is not you must be able to bail the fish).

My only real complain is that the hatches always leak a bit, while the day hatch behind the seat doesn't seal properly and I've end up by fitting a Tupperware box on it to keep some gear dry.

The rudder is weak, and the side wings break easily: I end up by build an alloy replacement. If you use the rudder the boat slow down, and I only resort to it if is really windy.

Stable? Sometimes fall asleep while resting in between the dives. must be OK!!!

I do find the boat difficult to handle down wind with rear side swell, the stability is reduced big time and if I'm heavily loaded I end up by taking boards and avoid a swim. but this problem is probably exacerbate by all my dive gear on the deck and a cockpit full of fish and crayfish. The running water on the cockpit maintains all my catch fresh and sometimes alive.

Over all the boat is impressive. used with a wing paddle is not much out there that keep up the speed or distance this hull manage. Current, wind, swell, exhaustion. I'm always back to my launching point with out any problem, enjoying the ride, and able to reach areas that not much diving kayaks can dream of, cobra expedition kayak.

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I have a background in…

Submitted by: paddler230323 on 8/19/2003

I have a background in whitewater and kayak surfing, so I did not find the expedition to be at all unstable or tricky to paddle. In fact, I was surprised at how stable it cobra expedition kayak.

The first time I tried one I found it remarkabley stable and fast. After two minutes, my paddling partner (my 2.5 year-old son) climbed aboard, sat in the spirit jr 54 beginner youth bow archery right hand depression in front of the foot pedals, faced me, and we went for a very fast run out through chop on a local river. We even played "rock the boat", which involves the two of us rocking left and right aggressively. Now my son asks to cobra expedition kayak paddling almost every day; we do so often. He tells his mom that he likes the new kayak because it is "fast".

The boat does fill up with water when crashing through surf, but after paddling for 10-20 seconds or so with the venturi vent open, all the water gets sucked out. No big deal. I have paddled many miles out to sea by myself, through 3-5' point breaks off Vilano Beach. The water comes out quickly, as long as you are paddling efficiently. Handles big pushy waves well too. Very light boat. I could see how beginners might find it a bit difficult, cobra expedition kayak. But, if you have paddled any kayak before, and try this one, it will seem like a rocket on the water. Plastic is fantastic. Rock on! God bless you.

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This is my fourth kayak and…

Submitted by: cobra expedition kayak oldspooky on 8/6/2003

This is my fourth kayak and my second sit on top. My other SOT is a Necky Cruiser which I love for the narrow technical rivers of north Florida. I wanted something faster for the open gulf water and with our weather here a SOT is usable 98% of the time.

There is little in this class for competition. The Expedition is long and thin and very fast. I can keep up with the best and often lead. For its size it is very light and therefore as easy to handle as my fiberglass Endeavor. Storage is plentiful and the unusual hatch closurers for a kayak are just fine. I did add a couple of handles at the midpoint for one person loading and cobra expedition kayak. I also added some deck rigging for ease in reboarding from deep water; the external rudder lines are not great for anything except not being inside to foul on something. The rudder is fine though the foot control bar will not fit on all the indented foot holders that you think it would, its too short for the furthest, so tall paddlers should check for comfort length. The boat runs straight and true and the rudder only has come into play on my boat with strong current or high wind. The boat has a nice low profile for wind.

That nice low profile is also the reason it takes lots of water in anything but quiet seas. I like others rating this boat find its only real drawback being what it does or more aptly, does not do with the water that enters the cockpit. The venturi works fine when moving along but when stopped or moving slow, even after closing the valve when boat had no water, water arrives and has no good place to go. On the positive side, most of the water stays below seat level so you do not feel like your sitting in a bathtub; unless seas are running. But it is after all a sit on top. It runs sluggish when the cockpit is filled with water, but balance is ok even then. For a long, narrow and fast SOT, the Cobra Expedition is the boat.

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I have been paddling my cobra…

Submitted by: cobra expedition kayak guest-paddler on 7/21/2003

I have been paddling my cobra expedition for about two months. It is fast and great fun to paddle, waves tend to fill the cockpit and its difficult to empty. Easy to carry on a car top. This is a great lake and river boat, Just the thing for this 70 year old water rat.

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My current boat is a Tourer,…

Submitted by: cobra expedition kayak guest-paddler on 5/14/2001

My current boat is a Tourer, my next one will be an Expedition. I have rented it several times over a period of a couple of years. The first time I paddled it with about a month of current kayaking experience, I fell out a lot. It feels really tippy when you are a novice. About 9 mos. later I tried it again and managed not to fall out but felt tense all the time. At that time I was paddling an Explorer. Recently I rented it for a days paddling on Elkhorn Slough, at Moss Landing, and enjoyed it immensely, cobra expedition kayak. At this time I'd been paddling a tourer sports betting ethiopia about 3 months.

The Explorer is fast, cobra expedition kayak, I'm able to keep up with the front few of my club, which is almost exclusively decked boats, cobra expedition kayak, with only moderate effort. In other words you can paddle all day with some pretty fast boats and not be exhausted.

The unloaded explorer has next to no initital stability. This is due to an unloaded boat with a 200 lb. paddler riding on just the round bottomed part of the boat. There is absolutely nothing to keep the boat from starting to tip. Once you learn to let it go, relaxing your waist and letting you butt go with cobra expedition kayak boat while your torso stays upright, the secondary stability kicks in at about 10 or 15 degrees of tip from the horizontal. That is when the flat sponsoned sides of the boat enter the water and submerge enough to provide stabilizing buoyancy. In this position I found it turned quite well for such a long boat. I never used the rudder in the side channels of Elkhorn Slough.

I had reservations about the boat for diving because it doesn't have a tankwell. I don't use tanks, I just snorkel, cobra expedition kayak, but I don't like greenwich high school girls basketball a hatch on the water. Once I really looked it over and discovered that the square hatch behind the seat doesn't open to the inside of the boat, but to a closed tub suitable for some diving gear or use as a live well. I would really, really like to see Cobra make this deeper as it seems to go only partway to the bottom of the boat. If I dive the Expedition I wouldn't want to put my weight belt in there because the weight would be too high. I'd have to carry it under my knees/feet in the deeper part of the boat.

It's easily the fastest sit on top that I know of available at this time. Heritage used to make a really quick one, that I never learned to stay in, cobra expedition kayak, but it usti nad labem basketball faster. Now a discontinued model. The only bad things are the drainaged system and the fact that the rectangular hatch tub doesn't extend all the way to the bottom of the boat.

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I have been paddling my…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/29/2001

I have been paddling my Expedition for the past 7 months on lakes, harbors and the open sea. I love the boat! It is fast and can keep up with the closed deck boats without problem. I use the rudder system only in heavy winds or currents as the boat can track well by just leaning and edging. rasta swim cover up The storage compartments generally keep things dry and the hatch locking system can be adjusted if they begin to leak. My only complaints are: The wet seat in any kind rear quartering seas and the drainage system which makes it hard to launch in a high multiple wave surf. I am soon paddling a submarine. I would not trade this boat of any SOT I have seen or paddled. The venturi baling system works well when moving. Operative word is moving! Once flooded by a breaker there is a lot of water in the cockpit to maneuver.

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I researched and paddled a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler cobra expedition kayak on 12/13/2000

I researched and paddled a lot of sit-on-top kayaks before deciding on the Cobra Expedition. In my experience, the Expedition is by far the best touring sit-on-top in its class, if not the only one. The 18' hull is sleek and fast cobra expedition kayak the water, and slices through waves and chop effortlessly. Even though the boat tracks straight and true, I highly recommend the rudder kit. It's helpful in tight situations and long passages. The narrow beam and long water line contribute to less stability over similar boats; however, after a few hours paddling you get a feel for it and appreciate its efficiency and performance through the water. Friends have commented on the awkward design of the hatch locks (too many), but that's a personal thing. The system works fine and keeps my gear dry. The hull material is super linear polyethylene and may seem thin and weak at first, but it is summer gymnastics classes and light, cobra expedition kayak, much appreciated when loading/unloading off the car. My experience with this kayak has been great, and I would recommend trying one out before purchasing any sit-on-top.

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I have been paddling my…

Submitted cobra expedition kayak paddler228951 on 10/9/2000

I have been paddling my Expedition for about 3 months and am very pleased with its overall performance. It is a bit tippy for beginners but a few hours on the water will make the practice worthwhile. The boat is fast and tracks very well. I paddle with friends with fiberglass and kevlar boats and I have no trouble keeping up. My only concern is the drainage system. The Expedition does not have scuppers cobra expedition kayak self-draining. Rather it has a mechanical bottom "vent" which clears water only down to about 2-3 inches. But overall, it is a great touring/workout boat for the money.

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More Consolidations: Kayak Distribution Takes Over Cobra Kayak

Like rivers joining forces, two more kayak manufacturers have aligned to better compete in today’s economy. St-Hubert, Quebec’s Kayak Distribution announced it has reached a licensing agreement with Cobra Kayak that will see Kayak Distribution take over the manufacturing and sales of all Cobra Kayaks products globally.

“We are exited about the addition of this established range of SOT kayaks with a great reputation for boats that paddle extremely well,” says Kayak Distribution president Marc Pelland. “This deal fits perfectly in our strategy of partnership and acquisitions to create a top of line offering for both dealers and end consumers.”

The agreement will help Kayak Distribution complement its sit-on-top offering with over 15 Cobra models along with gaining an additional brand that has been on the market for over 25 years. “We had been looking to bolster our SOT range for a while as it help our customers concentrate their purchases and gain both purchasing and logistic efficiencies,” adds Pelland.

From Cobra’s standpoint, it will allow it to be globally competitive both from a manufacturing and sales standpoint. “For a while, we have been struggling with increase competition in our markets which made it difficult for us to bring Cobra where we know it can be,” says Wayne Jackson, director of Aquatx, the parent company of Cobra. “This partnership will ensure that Cobra is widely distributed and remains a competitive player in the market.”

About Kayak Distribution

Kayak Distribution is the manufacturer and distributor of Riot Kayaks, cobra expedition kayak, Boreal Design Kayaks, Beluga outdoor gear and Riot Sups. The company has offices in China, Canada and the United States and sells its products in over 20 countries. Please see kayakdistribution.com for more details.

About Cobra Kayaks

The Cobra kayak range has been built up over 25 years of cutting edge design and pioneering kayak building technology and field testing products. Cobra Kayaks are currently made in New Zealand and sold in over 10 countries.

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Hey Guys

The time has come to sell this yak, mainly to free up some cash and i have others i can use. I hope i dont regret this, it has been awesome. new price was over $2500, wanting $1500 really as its still in really good nick. I am in Napier, but can ship through work for a sharp price.

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From Trademe

Good condition kayak, used rarely and carefully.
Has heaps of storage for overnighters, or can be used for fishing or sporting events.
One of the fastest, if snap on foosball table the fastest plastic sit on top. Stable enough for fishing.

Specs:
Specifications

Length: 5.46 m
Width: 59.69 cm
Weight:21.77 kg
Capacity:192.78 kg


The Blurb.
At 5.5m long, the Aquatx Expedition is designed to go fast. Built for the performance paddler, the Expedition accelerates quickly and gets to its’ top speed in a short period of time, cobra expedition kayak. This boat has lots of storage and is ideal for any paddler interested in performance touring, sea kayaking and long distance cruising. A high level of paddling efficiency enables Cobra Expedition paddlers to travel longer distances in a shorter time with less physical effort. The long narrow waterline allows the hull to slide easily, quickly and smoothly through the water with minimal effort, cobra expedition kayak. The low profile deck is a unique feature for a sit-on-top and greatly cuts down on windage. A V-shaped keel and an adjustable leg length rudder system provide improved tracking and stability.

Review here: http://www.topkayaker.net/KayakData/Rev . braExpedit" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Comes with:
Adjustable rudder
All hatches as seen in photos
Fiberglass Paddle
Thigh Brace straps
Good quality anchor running rig.
2x Railblazer Rod holders.

New Price: Over $2500!
Situation has changed, needs to go.
Can be bubblewrapped and freighted at buyers cost. Happy to assist from my end

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Cobra Eliminator – Fast and Fit Boats

Cobra Eliminator

COBRA ELIMINATOR
($1,055 in roto-molded polyethylene, cobrakayaks.com)
L: 16’6″; W: 23″; 42 lbs.

Made from super-linear polyethylene, the Eliminator is hit-me-with-your-best-shot durable, cobra expedition kayak. But at 42 pounds, it’s a handful to carry alone, cobra expedition kayak. It has the sleek racing design of an Olympic K-1—narrow bow, relatively high bucket seat and adjustable foot pedals to control the over-stern rudder (you’ll need to adjust the rudder levels carefully to find the proper tension, and keep an Allen wrench to reposition the seat and/or foot well if you’re handing it to a different-sized mate). While it’s a surfski by design, cobra expedition kayak, it’s best suited to flatwater. “It’s a dry ride up to about 1-foot chop, but over 2 feet and it’s a bathtub, even with the venturi [drain] open,” one tester said, on a day when the Hudson was standing on its head. Eager to give the Eliminator another go, cobra expedition kayak, we took it out on a lake upstate, and there, the boat’s strengths emerged: While it’s more tippy (read: more fun) than other plastic sit-on-tops we’ve tried, cobra expedition kayak, it’s far more stable than fiberglass ‘skis and still narrow enough up front to paddle with proper technique. The only problem is that kids seem to love it as well. Left tied to the dock, each time I headed to the water to train, some kid would already be a half-mile offshore, paddling the streamlined yellow racer possessed.

The article was originally published on Canoe & Kayak

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Hey guys

I get to paddle alot of kayaks and certainly appreciate the speed and distance-eating-ability of sit in sea kayaks, but Im a big boy and get really bad cramps in my legs when paddling them. I also like to sit on top to fish. Ive been playing with what must be the longest SOT kayak available : The cobra expedition. This is not a sales pitch, just to show everyone that you can fish out of anything if you choose to!

The boat is 5.5m tennis chain vs and 590mm wide, weighs 22-25kg and kfc yum center hockey around $2250. I was lucky enough to score a pretty good second for myself to paddle.

I added a running line, two railblazer rod holders and a QK sail kit. I like this kit because it allows the yak to point pretty close to the wind, cobra expedition kayak, and gives better performance than most sails available.

You might notice thigh braces in the photo, cobra expedition kayak. This is because this kayak really needs alot of movement in order to keep it upright. When im fishing I hang my feet over the side, if i dont it is super tippy, cobra expedition kayak. Fine when underway though. You actually sit on the 'bottom' of the boat under the waterline and the cockpit is sealed. If water comes aboat you pop the venturi Valve at the bottom and it self drains.

Storage is limited; I keep my knife in my BA, my tagit leg bag holds the tackle and softies, and anchors go into the hatch behind the seat

I recon its faster cobra expedition kayak any plastic sea kayak, cobra expedition kayak, and close to/ equal to a composite sea kayak. Paddling to rangi is easy and I get back without feeling buggered. If anyone in the area wants to try it out, Pm me and you can see cobra expedition kayak you can keep it upright!


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