I thought this package was a good deal. I added neoprene grips to the paddle and it's perfect. Everything came very nicely padded and wrapped. No damage, and fast delivery. ACK customer service was awesome. The kayak is great. I am 5'6" and in my 50s. As a beginner I feel a little wobbly sometimes, but haven't tipped. I like the center handles for lifting the kayak up onto the rack stand. The hatch covers seal well. I've only had it in the lake so far, but it is very maneuverable and zips along. It drafts in pretty shallow water- We've crossed obstacles in less than 4 inches of water. My only complaint is that the front drag handle is positioned too close to the drain plug- my knuckles press against it and it's very uncomfortable. I will be changing out the poly cord for something longer to address this issue. Or drag from the other end.
My friend and I ordered this package and I have spent every spare moment on the river since. I am 5'9 and it's a good fit. It tracks well, and I am very pleased with my purchase. I am keeping my eye out for end of season sales to pick up another to have on hand for friends and family to use when they visit.
I love the Venus 11. I have an older model of it which did not have
the hatch included, purchased from another vendor. It's a great boat
for me - I'm 55 yrs old, not terribly strong, and 5'4"/petite.. I love
that the boat fits me well and I'm always comfortable and feel stable
in it, but so are other women who are much taller and weigh a lot
more than me. I decided to get a second Venus 11 and settled on
this package through ACK -it came WITH the hatch which is
awesome, a comfy seat, paddle and leash and vest. I spent a few
dollars more and got scupper plugs too. For my needs all of the
equipment is just right! I usually go out for 1-4 hour trips mostly.
The package came well wrapped and very quickly. No damage in
shipping. Ack made this my best and easiest kayak shopping
experience yet and I will be back for another Ocean Kayak, a
double, next spring. My experience with ACK has been so good I see
no reason to go elsewhere. I've always loved Ocean Kayak boats
and with the Venus 11 they've really made a super comfy boat for
all sizes of women. Others have said this boat is comfy for men too
(if you are under the weight limit).
Kayak is beautiful, can't wait to take it out. As a novice I am
disappointed that nothing was mention that I needed to purchase the
scupper plugs and now I'm running around trying to find them. ACK
missed out on the sale by not providing the notice.
I love this kayak and I especially love the customer service that ACK
I bought the Venus 11- 2014
version from ACK in July. I
love my kayak! I have taken it
out on SF Bay on a windy day
(although in a fairly wave-
sheltered area), my first time
kayaking on the Bay. It did not
tip at all during this trip. Then I
went out last weekend to a
calm river. The kayak can float
in very shallow water and
handles well. My 13 year old
cousin used it and tipped it
over while trying to reach for
her dropped hat. She had a
hard time getting back in but
eventually did it with help from
me (sitting in a rented kayak).
When I took it out the next day
for a 3-hour paddle on calm
water, I barely got wet. It is
very stable yet not to the point
of making it hard to paddle.
I primarily got this kayak
because of the relatively light
weight and described ease in
car-topping. I got a Yakima
rack and have been able to
load my kayak easily from the
back of my car with help from
the handles in the middle. In
fact, it was actually easier to
load and unload this way
(lifting 1/2 the weight at a time
and using leverage) than when
I got help. I am a 30-year-old
woman who weighs 135
pounds. My 65-year-old
mother is now looking into
getting the same kayak
package. I am a relative
beginner (have kayaked and
canoed on a calm river
frequently, but have not owned
my own boat) but this makes
me want to go explore the
waters of the Bay all the time.
The delivery was speedy
(considering it came from
Austin to the SF Bay Area).
I've had my kayak for about a month now. I love it, it's pretty easy for me to move
around and at 130 pounds with scrawny arms i can pick it up to load it on the back
of my ford escape easy enough. Granted I cant just pick it up and hoist it over my
head, the center handle made picking up the front end and sitting it on the rear of
my car a breeze. Then I just pick up the back end and it slide up there a breeze.
The only thing this package is missing is a kayak cart, which for thirty bucks you can
build your own out of PVC pipe. Highly recommend that! I can park anywhere and
just pull my kayak anywhere :) the additional storage is awesome and there's plenty
of room on the back for my dry bag, cooler and whatever else I throw back there.
The seat so far has been good. It's durable and hasn't flown off going down the
road. The only negative I have at the moment is the nylon fabric that stretches over
the front storage hole. That is a TIGHT fit, once off I can't get it back on by myself.
I'm hoping after a little more use it will give a little. The delivery was on time as
scheduled, they even called before they shipped it out to see if there was anything
else I needed before they closed the box up. The life vest that comes with the
package is nice, though I ordered a womens specific life vest when I ordered my
kayak. That is the one I use and it's very paddle friendly. The paddle that comes
with the kayak is good, I may switch it out down the road for one that is a little
longer. (I have long arms). So it's more for my own personal preference. If your
thinking about investing in a kayak I would highly recommend getting a package like
I am pleased with my purchase
and all items in this package. It
was great to be able to order
everything together; definitely
saved time and money. I have
taken my kayak out and
absolutely LOVE it! Highly
I am thrilled with my Ocean
Kayak Venus 11 Kayak Package.
Nice to have everything I need
in one order. Very happy with
the quality of each item.
Weather has not allowed me to
use my Yak yet,I look forward
to great times next year!
Hi! I am very satisfied with the
Venus 11, the paddle, the leash, the
hatch cover and the PFD.
All excellent quality and I am truly
enjoying being out on the water. A
wonderful kayak and a great sport.
!! thank you
Great kayak with lots of
storage! Easily throw a cooler
back for a day on the water.
This kayak is awesome! The
only negative is that the
slants forward and tends to
hit my sonwho is taller in the
of his back and rubs
uncomfortably. WE have
cushion so he sits forward
more. HOpefully that wont be a
for bigger kayakers.