Delta 12s or eddyline Rio?

Jetku

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Looking for a Kayak for my wife, 5'3 115. Expect mostly lake use in Seattle area. I've a Delta 14 for a year now, but other than rentals that's our only experience.

Want something light so she can move it herself if desired. The 12s and Rio both look like good boats, can anyone help us understand the pros/cons/compare?

Thanks
 

Kayak Jim

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They look to be very comparable. From the photos the Rio seems to have more rocker making it more maneuverable but with perhaps less tracking. But that might be offset by other hull shape factors, or just the photos. If you can't try them both, either would probably fit the bill for a recreational boat just fine. Is one more readily available?
 

mick_allen

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here' a visual comparison, same scale:

[wrong image, wrong size shown - see below]
 
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CPS

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Mick your Delta 12s is 10" too long.The 12s is 12' on the nose.
 

mick_allen

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aargh, thanks.
this is more correct:
Delta12sVsEddylineRio12b.jpg
 
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Jetku

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I think the eddyline is available locally, not sure if the delta is in stock. Don't think anywhere close has demos for either.

The eddyline looks shallower, especially the rear. Deltas day hatch is super convenient.

In terms of stability,deltas seem to have rep for higher primary and maybe less maneuverability? Should we be concerned about the eddy being too easy to tip for a novice?

Thanks
 
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