And here she is....Martyn mentioned there was a second hand Revel at Brookbank I jumped at it and put a deposit down the next day. I spent 3 hrs in the van traveling up to Warwick for a demo and bring her home. Apparently there was a very big waiting list of people hoping I wouldn't buy her, as it was a very good deal at £695!
Solent Sea Kayaking blog. This boat is advertised as a boat for medium to large paddlers and the review backs that up saying the cockpit feels big and roomy. That's bad for me as I am neither big or roomy, so I was a bit worried it might be too big. The cockpit rim itself is really small, I had to buy a new spray skirt as mine was far to big. Sat in the seat it felt fine, in fact smaller than my Easky LV. I've since added a small layer of foam for a nice snug fit. The knee supports are the cockpit coaming itself which makes you feel a part of the boat, again a nice fit.
Another point that was mentioned in the review was the cockpit coaming was on the thinner sharper side. I would second that, I was a little nervous to put any pressure on it. having said that I'm a bit nervous with the whole boat coming from a plastic boat. On closer inspection it looks like the cockpit coming may have been removed at some point and re-attached. There is no water coming in but I will probably add another few layers of fiberglass just to add a bit of strength and a smother finish. Maybe that's why it was so cheap???
"Five knots, piece of pi$$!" I didn't have my GPS to judge my speed but it felt like I was flying along. I felt like there was a lot less drag than my Easky also.
A slightly smudged logo. In all I am extremely chuffed, a glass sea kayak for the same price as my Easky. A special thanks to Martyn for the heads up on the boat. A few small jobs to do, possibly swap the footrests over, I've added hip pads and set up the backrest, a bit of foam in the skeg box, maybe reinforce the cockpit coaming and a bit of foam on the seat. Who know where she will take me but I look forward to new adventures to come.