Capacity: 325 lbs
Weight: 40 lbs
Cockpit Size: 43" x 20"
The Liquidlogic Sapphire is part of the 'Trekreation' line of kayaks designed to provide the comfort of a touring boat with the stability of a recreational kayak.
We also own and use the Tuxedo kayak also
For the summer of 2006 we wanted to go ahead and
get our youngest daughter a kayak and get her started paddling. Chloe was only
6 years old, but she has paddled a sit-on-top kayak by herself on flat water
and rode with her mother on a sit-on-top kayak in some mild class II on little
river. She loves it!
The primary use Sapphire for was going to be paddling on local lakes as well
as small rivers that may include some light class II whitewater sections. We
were looking for a kayak that could be used by our youngest daughter who was
about 42" tall and 45 pounds. We wanted a kayak that was small
enough she could paddle it by herself, but not so small she would outgrow it.
We considered getting another Liquidlogic Tuxedo because
it has worked out well for us. However, we were attracted to the extra feature
of a the storage hatch that came
Flat Water: We took our trip in the new
kayak today and we had a great time! Chloe was able to handle the kayak fine
and she really had a good time finally getting to the water in her own kayak.
We went to a small linear lake known locally as "Old City Lake". It is
actually about a two mile long section of the Falling Water River that was
formed by a man made dam. Chloe is just a little bit to short for the seat yet
so folded a Therma-rest mat and she sat on it. That extra two inches allowed
River Paddling: We haven't tested
this boat on the rivers we intend to use it on yet but we will update this
section as soon as we do.
Even though we have only used the kayak once so
far I can recommend the Sapphire kayak without hesitation
for both beginning and intermediate paddlers.
Cons: The only negative thing we have
found with our Sapphire is the fact it doesn't have a drain plug. As you can
imagine that creates a little extra headache when trying to get water out.
If you have any questions about kayaking, canoeing or other paddle sports please visit our Paddling Discussion Forums.
Also check out Liquidlogic's other kayak models on their web site below.
We purchased our Liquidlogic Sapphire kayak at
136 S. Walnut Ave
765 Crest Road
Flat Rock, NC 28731