This one is a 2012 but it has a small dent. I just picked it up. This transitional kayak is great for shorter range touring, fishing etc. Talk about an easy to paddle, friendly Kayak; it moves along nicely, handles well in choppy water and can hold a lot of stuff. It is updated with an new deck that can accommodate larger feet. It has a very comfortable RSS seat, a redesigned keyhole cockpit and is great for fishing, photography and just relaxing on the water and for doing a little camping. It is also plenty seaworthy enough to do greater things, it will just be a bit slower than the 16 foot or longer kayaks.
The Whistler was designed to compliment paddlers who spend most of their time in more protected waters. She is a very stable, easy to use, rotomolded touring kayak, that comes complete with a large comfortable cockpit, bow and stern hatch, bulkheads, fully detailed deck rigging, and an optional rudder. At 14'6" by 25" the Whistler provides the stability of the Breeze on a longer waterline -- adding greater efficiency and tracking to the design. The Whistler is perfect for activity oriented paddlers like photographers or fishermen. This really is an improved kayak to the point of exceptional.
Kayaks are available in several kinds of materials and with different construction methods:
Composite kayaks are made from fiberglass, kevlar and graphite in different combinations. Fiberglass, is very durable and makes a strong and economical kayak.Kevlar is lighter and very tough so less needs to be used to make a strong and very durable kayak. Graphite is even lighter than kevlar and is used in strategic locations on some models.
Plastic, Super Compound Linear Polyethylene, (SCL) is extremely tough and durable. It is used in the rotomolded models. Cuts or breaks are so rare I have never seen one, even on white water boats. UV inhibitors are blended in to protect from the sun. This is the most economical durable material Current Designs kayaks are built with. The down side is a little bit of flex and a bit more extra weight.
Thermoformed Composite System (TCS). These are made from an Acrylic and ABS plastic laminate. This plastic is stiffer and lighter than SCL polyethylene. It has the look and light weight of a fiberglass kayak, but costs less. For a more in depth description of these materials the Current Designs web site, or a catalog will help. Also feel free to contact us.