Looking at the Crescent kayaks made in Georgia(Carolina?) by the Bonafide folks. Any input from anyone that has tried or used these boats----the Ultralite or the Lite Tackle? Impressive decking and the Ultra is really light for car-topping or quick load up and go. Comparing these to the Tarpon 120 and/or the Skimmer models but maybe this is an apples to oranges attempt. Thanks!
I haven't seen any but I would think they will be a hot item before long especially for those car topping and looking for something under $1K. I think they concentrated on getting their Solo Skiff marketed and selling well then rolled out other lines. Looks like a solid kayak and from what I hear paddles well.
From what I understand the Crescent kayaks are molded at the Bonafide factory then assembled at the Cresent Factory in Georgia. I could be wrong tho.
I don't have any first hand experiences with Crescent kayaks other than if I were in the market for an under $1K kayak with lots of features, they're pretty high on the list. Chris Payne has some very thorough reviews of the LiteTackle and the Ultra Light. Here's a good side by side review of both kayaks by Headwaters Kayak:
The only thing I'll add is from what I've read is the LiteTackle has some hull slap.
As far as production in 2018 Crescent Kayaks had a massive fire which destroyed their factory in Georgia. Bonafide stepped up and an agreement was made for Bonafide to produce Crescent kayaks at their factory in South Carolina. Crescent is/was rebuilding but I don't know if they've moved back to their own facilities.