The Best Flatwater Kayak

The Best Flatwater Kayak
Kayaks are generally designed for specific types of water conditions such as whitewater, the sea or surf. Recreational kayaks work great on flatwater and are among the most versatile. One of the best flatwater kayaks available is the Blackwater II by Dagger. The Blackwater II is a tandem kayak with excellent handling capabilities.

Specs

The Blackwater II is 13-feet, 10-inches in length with a width of 30.25 inches. It weighs 78 lbs. and has a maximum weight capacity of 450 lbs., making it great for bringing extra gear along with you on a trip. The kayak is made from polyethylene so it's very durable and should last a long time.
In 2009, the Blackwater II retails for about $825.

Features

Among the many features on this kayak is the keepers footbrace system which is adjustable according to your leg length and perfect should you need to have something to brace against. A 10" sealed hatch at the stern made from rubber is excellent for storing gear and keeping it dry. The kayak also comes with an adjustable drop skeg, offering great tracking if the winds pick up and the water gets choppy. It also has adjustable high backrests, which offer much-needed relief when you're out on the water all day.

Versatality

The Blackwater II is a very versatile kayak. Although it is a tandem and is designed to be paddled by two people, it also has the space for a child or pet in the middle. In addition, if you decide that you want to paddle the Blackwater II solo, you can simply move the bow seat to the center of the kayak. It is a super stable kayak, so if you do end up in moving water, you're less likely to capsize and get wet. The kayak maneuvers well on flatwater, such lakes or ponds, but handles fairly well in moving water conditions, making it great for both beginners who want to learn on flatwater or intermediates who will occasionally go out on faster moving water.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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