The Necky Vector 14 pushes the performance envelope of the sit-inside category; designed to perform similar to Necky's high-end sea kayaks. Smart outfitting combined with a performance hull is just one reason the Vector is completely different from other recreational sit-on-tops on the market. the Vector 14 is designed to push the performance envelope. the secondary stability is high, while the initial stability allows paddlers to lean turn or sit it up on edge with ease. Both the hull design and the comfortable seating system pull from Necky's high-end sea kayak lines. The new Support Track Foot Brace System is intuitive, easy to reach, and quick to adjust. The contoured rubber is comfortable and offers a great grip, even with bare feet.
|Length:||14 ft 1 in / 4.29 m|
|Width:||25 in / 63.5 cm|
|Weight:||63 lb / 28.58 kg|
|Capacity:||400 lb / 181.44 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||43|
|Leg Room - Total:||46|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
I wanted the lightest and fastest Sit On Top kayak and asked the folks at ACK. The Necky Vector14 is the one they suggested. Took my first ride in it yesterday and it met all my expectations. I thought both initial and secondary stability was very good, it tracks well and is really not that hard to turn, especially if edged. Also the seat was surprisingly comfortable and that's before I have even figured out how to adjust the back rest. I would say this boat is perfect if it were 10 lbs lighter, but you have to sacrifice something. Life is full of compromises. The lake was glassy smooth with no wind and I stayed dry. I'm sure it will be a different experience when it gets windy and choppy.
I've had my necky vector 14 for about 2 years now and while in many ways it is a great boat, here are a few areas where it could be improved. The best parts I've found are that it is fast and tracks well for a sit on top, and the seat is suprisingly comfortable. The not so great part is what happens in rough or even slightly wavy conditions. Due to the lack of a wave deflector, any wave which breaks over the bow is coming straight into the cockpit, possibly swamping you. While the handles are ideally psitioned for lifting the kayak from it's center of gravity, they are also in a perfect position to bash your hands on while paddling in rough conditions. The third issue I have is the weight capacity. 400lbs is not the working capacity in my experience, but closer to the capacity the kayak sinks at. I'm around 210lbs and it paddles ok with just me, With a moderate gear bag and some drinking water added, the kayak sits too low in the water to paddle safely in anything but glass clear conditions. I bought this kayak with the intention of using it for some day and overnight trips, but unfortunately due to the limited loading and poor rough weather performance, that won't be happening. Overall still a good boat if you keep those things in mind.