Originally Posted by Eddy Groover
I too have been searching for an IK! On another forum I ran across some enthusiasts that just rant and rave about the Stilleto by Star. Does anyone know anything about these boats? It looks like a great single person boat but it is extremely long at 12'6". Check it out-
That boat is NOT the Stiletto boat ANYONE raves about. Star makes cheap shitty boats with inferior material. In addition to that, they renamed their IK the Stiletto to take advantage of the reputation the real Stiletto has earned.
The real Stiletto was designed and built by Jim Sheflo of Watershed in Redmond, WA in the late 90's. It is most similar to a thrillseeker, though in my opinion it is a better boat.
This boat is the best balance of performance and stability you'll find in any boat. the things that make it such a good boat: flat hull for effective edge carving and responsive pivoting, foam floor for rigidity and low center of gravity, rocker suitable for big water and ideal for steep technical creeks.
IMO, there isn't a better designed or built IK available anywhere. If you're looking for one, hit with a PM and I can help with that. They are tough to find!
Whatever you do, think carefully about a tandem, and don't buy a Star!