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Peter (Phwall) is dreaming of building one of these Pygmy Cohos kayaks. Who knows maybe next summer he will be seen paddling one of these up the Murray River.

We named the COHO in honor of the famous Coho salmon of the Northwest. Like her namesake, she flows FAST, LIGHT, and LEAN through the water.

John Lockwood created the Coho with the skilled paddler in mind, yet she is stable enough to delight beginners. Kayakers who enjoy high maneuverability and seek top cruising speed love this craft.

John worked intensely at his computer and then produced 3 prototypes until he reached a perfect equation for the Coho: a quick turning, responsive hull carefully designed to track without requiring a rudder. She possesses more rocker than our other solo kayaks for those paddlers who enjoy that "flexible" feel. Her elegant four-panel deck and multi-chine hull look similar to our Osprey line--extremely pleasing to the eye. Yet the hull form underwater carries nuances that result in real performance differences. We invited hot shot paddlers in the Northwest to sneak preview her and join in her sea trials. They rated her A+. John spirited her off for a 4-week solo paddle in Canada's Northwest Territories the summer of 1997. Her performance in high winds and seas pleased him no end.

Performance Touring
John created the 17'6" Coho with plenty of volume for the gear needed on big trips. Her 23" beam provides good stability when loaded for a long paddle. Excellent buoyancy in bow and stern make her seaworthy for open ocean swell and surf, as well as quiet water. Although the Coho will migrate with you on long adventures, she's so light at 39 pounds that many folks buy her primarily for day use. With a 12" depth at the cockpit, she has comfortable foot room for long hours of paddling.

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