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1] ADVANCED ELEMENTS ADVANCEDFRAME CONVERTIBLE
Versatility is the theme for the AdvancedFrame Convertible--a solo or tandem kayak that can run topless or with a single- or double-cockpit deck and can break down for easy transport. Unlike most other inflatable kayaks, this 15-foot-long, 34-inch-wide boat features a built-in aluminum rib structure that defines the bow and stern. The 46-pound boat is pre-assembled at the factory, so all you have to do is unfold it, inflate the six chambers and attach the seats. Features include dry-storage compartments, D-ring tie downs, low-profile molded rubber handles, deck lacing for access to gear, and a carry bag. Capacity: 550 lbs. MSRP: $599.99. Advanced Elements: 866/262-9076; advancedelements.com.
2] CURRENT DESIGNS KESTREL 140SOT
Sit On Top (SOT) is a popular design these days among kayakers who prefer to not be stuffed down inside a tight cockpit enclosure. The Kestrel 140SOT is a bit different than most SOTs in that the sleek (26-inch width), lightweight (36 lbs.) composite 14-foot hull form looks like a traditional kayak, except there is no cockpit opening to slide down into. The molded cockpit features integral foot braces and a molded seat bottom with a padded seat-back. Fore and aft hatches lead to internal gear storage compartments. Front, mid and rear …