Hi everyone. I have wanted a touring kayak ever since I used one in Europe in the early 90’s. I own a sit on top tandem Costco type Lifetime Kokanee and a swifter solo Liquilogic Sapphire 9.5 sit in kayak, it’s a little old but it is fun.
So I guess like me someone went and cleared up garage space and put up for sale a nice Necky Zoar. Short story I brought it home and gave it a good cleaning.
On thing I noticed while researching this kayak is that its sticker only says: “Zoar” and not “Zoar Sport” and it I measured it and it’s in the 16’ length realm. All I have found about it is that there is a Necky Zoar Sport that is 14’. This one is Canadian made and has a good working aluminum rudder that you can control with the pedals. Was there more than one Zoar model?
It has two compartments with rubber hatch covers that the seller told me were next to impossible to replace if I lost them. Maybe I’ll rig something so that they can’t travel away from the kayak when off. They do have a bungee cord that tightens the covers under the channel where they clamp onto the kayak.
So far I ventured with it into the smaller lake across the street from my home (70 acre lake). The Necky slices nice in the calm waters and I barely had any spray come into the cockpit. I tried the rudder and it worked quite well considering I’ve never used one in a kayak. But this was needed to make turns on a a long yet narrow neck lake. I am vying to take it to a bigger lake later this week when the spray skirt arrives. Maybe I’ll buy a high degree angle paddle too.
It has a “black” oem seat that I do want to change. I didn’t find it terribly uncomfortable for the 1.5 hour paddle yesterday, but it certainly isn’t even as good as the seat on my Liquilogic. I see an ACS 2.0 for sale. Has anyone retrofitted a Zoar with this seat? Any guidance?
I need to learn how to use this forum to add photos. I’ll post some as soon as I learn how. Thanks in advance!