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 Post subject: Java
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:08 am 
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I picked up a Java today that I had been looking at for a while. Easy to assemble, easy to carry. I wanted a boat that could be paddled double or solo. I did a quick solo test paddle this afternoon. It paddles a lot like a Kahuna. This one came with a 2nd seat and a rudder. The skeg is really difficult to retract. It deploys ok but creates quite a bit of drag. The rudder is easy to deploy and retract and has less drag than the skeg. With a 10 knot wind, the rudder was not needed. There are lots of straps and buckles to secure a load. The seat back was high and it made my pfd ride high. The thigh straps don't grip all that well. It is reasonably fast and pretty nimble. The frame really makes for a stiff boat. I was very comfortable without a pfd. I will likely get a mesh back pfd. Hopefully will get this out in some fresh conditions. http://s167.photobucket.com/user/tsunam ... t=2&page=1

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 Post subject: Re: Java
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:06 pm 
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That's a great looking kayak! After owning a K-Light and now a Big Kahuna there's something appealing about the Java. There's the easier assembly and you don't need two items that take a lot of wear and tear, the seasock and sprayskirt. Having said that, I'm still leaning towards the Aironaut as a companion boat to my Kahuna. Do you have any thoughts regarding the Aironaut and would you consider getting one.

Congratulations on the Java!


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 Post subject: Re: Java
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:32 pm 
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I, too, find the Java a good looking inflatable and think that it would make a good warm weather boat. They seem to come up frequently on the used market at a reasonable price. It seems that Feathercraft boats don't hold their value any better than most other folders which is a good thing if you're buying used.


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 Post subject: Re: Java
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:01 pm 
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Jeremiah wrote:
That's a great looking kayak! After owning a K-Light and now a Big Kahuna there's something appealing about the Java. There's the easier assembly and you don't need two items that take a lot of wear and tear, the seasock and sprayskirt. Having said that, I'm still leaning towards the Aironaut as a companion boat to my Kahuna. Do you have any thoughts regarding the Aironaut and would you consider getting one.

Congratulations on the Java!


Thanks, Never tried an Aironaut so can not comment. The Java feels like the Kahuna, just closer to the water

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 Post subject: Re: Java
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:08 am 
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Chuck,

Thanks for the pics, it is always great to get even a little "fix" of Alaska through your lens.

Enjoy the Java. I found it a competent and surprisingly easy to paddle kayak, yes, very much like the kahuna. I only sold it because it was a bit redundant with my BK and I used the sale as a feeble excuse to justify my "investment" in the Klepper quattro.

I found the rudder helpful/necessary in the windy conditions I paddled in Florida. Not sure if the Java presents a higher profile to the wind than the Kahuna, but I think it does.

Have fun, be safe,
g

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 Post subject: Re: Java
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 1:17 am 
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