Thanks to its clever design, the Hobie Kona Deluxe pairs a short waterline with the width normally found on bigger boats, giving you a stable ride and snappy, on-a-dime maneuverability. And if your partner unexpectedly bails out on your paddling plans, the Kona easily converts to a single seater, preserving your options. It has plenty of room for cargo, two cup holders, on-hull paddle storage, plus two mesh-covered stowage pockets. It's everything you need to enjoy kayaking with friends or solo.
|Length:||11 ft 6 in / 3.51 m|
|Width:||34 in / 86.36 cm|
|Weight:||78 lb / 35.38 kg|
|Capacity:||425 lb / 192.78 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||36|
|Leg Room - Total:||36|
|Leg Room Rear Seat:||36|
|Number of Paddlers:||2 - Tandem|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
This is an update from my March 2006 review - I still have the Kona and still use it all the time. The kayak has held up great, it pretty much looks like new and I have had no problems with the kayak, the seats or the paddles after 9 years. The mesh storage pockets and cargo lashings may need to be replaced once in a while, but that is all. I also use the 303 protectant on it to keep it from fading. It is easy to handle for one person when using the plug in cart. I mostly use it as a single seat and liked it so much that I bought a second Kona from ACK a few years ago so my kids could go kayaking with me. Bottom line is after 9 years of frequent use, it is still a great kayak and was well worth the price.
The seats are especially supportive and kayak,has features are more than most brands. Worth the extra cost. Like the smaller size for a tandem. Even though could be used as a single would be quite difficult for one person to transport by self.