The thermoformed Compass is about 14 ft. in length and just under 50 lbs. with ample storage capacity. It is equipped with a good sized bow and stern hatch with plenty of room for a weekend camping trip. It also has a small day hatch on the foredeck for small items you would like to grab while on the water without having to release your sprayskirt. A rudder comes standard but I found I didn't need to use it even in brisk wind. Its roomy cockpit only added to my comfort. Its 24 inch beam makes it an incredibly stable boat without sacrificing speed. The roomy cockpit along with the wider than average aft deck makes for easy rescue with or without a paddle float. I was able to keep up with much longer boats without much effort. The ride itself is amazingly comfortable. The seat has multiple adjustment capabilities which makes it a joy to sit for long periods of time without breaks. Technically there are no knee braces but the padded underside of the foredeck provides a good gripping point for edging and even rolling. I haven't nailed my roll yet but my son actually learned to roll in this boat. At the end of the day, after nearly 5 hours on the water, I can honestly say I could have paddled much longer especially since it was such a gorgeous day on the San Francisco Bay.
|Angel Island in background|
Once the coast was clear we began our crossing over the glass like water toward our destination. It was such a beautiful day and we encountered an enormous amount of seals or sea lions as we paddled. Many seals would look at us with curiosity and some would approach within a few feet of our kayaks. As we approached the green buoy we spotted a porpoise swimming a few yards ahead of us. A ship soon appeared through the haze and seemed as if it was heading straight toward us. We double checked our position and made corrections to our course to stay well left of the green channel marker. At times ships can appear to be moving very slowly but be aware that they are travelling faster than you think and always know where you are and NEVER try to pass in front of a ship. It's best to wait for the ship to pass before you continue.
If you would like to demo the Compass 140, and see for yourself what a wonderful craft it is to paddle, please contact Delta Kayak Adventures. If you are interested in any of the Seaward thermoforms or would like to order one for yourself give me a call at 925-642-5764. Contact me if you would like to find out how you can get your hands on any of Seawards line of kayaks.
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