Picked up a brand new Ultimate 14.5 basic this past week and couldn't wait for Saturday for a leisurely 10 mile paddle down a slow river near my home. This is my first Native, but I've canoed and kayaked this river many, many times. I removed the bow seat and set it up for solo using the foam blocks just like the instructions stated. I'm 200lbs and my weight distribution was pretty well centered.
I have to admit that was a pretty miserable 10 miles. For every starboard stroke I made, I would have to make two or three port strokes just to get it pointed in the right direction again...it pulled hard to the left the entire time and I zigzaged the entire trip(no wind). I tried shifting my body position various ways, moved my little ice chest around thinking maybe it was me, but nothing helped.
Just curious, has anyone else heard of a possible manufacturing defect happening time to time? I went through the reviews here on paddling.net and a couple of the reviewers stated that theirs pulled hard to the left and after returning it to the dealer, the replacement tracked just fine. Any input is appreciated, thanks.