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4 Eco Bezhig Issues

20 Jan

I love this boat. I’ve said this before and I’ve put it up against the Australian cruiser of choice, the Mirage 580, lots of times and it can match them. But it’s not a perfect boat by any means and I’m finding this out now. Nothing fatal, just maintenance things and if Perception make an Eco Bezhig Mk. II, they should address them.

Issue 1. There are no adequate tow points on the boat which became an issue when I presented Eco for club Grade II inspection. I remedied this with some bungee loops and stainless shackles from the local boating specialist.

Eco Bezhig tow points 

Issue 2. The bulwarks are leaky. I’m not sure how this compares with other boats but it’s a real pain keeping things dry bagged. One part of the problem is the rudder line tubes which aren’t sealed properly and is pretty hard to fix. I think other boats have the same system so maybe leaking is normal.

Eco Bezhig rudder lines  

Issue 3.  The  seat in the Eco Bezhig is both a strength and a weakness. It is by far the most comfortable seat on any boat. There are no sticking points and you can just slide in which makes deep water recovery a bit easier. The problem is that the foam perishes quickly under UV and Australian UV is the harshest there is. After a year, the seat is faded and beginning to crack. It is replaceable but I don’t know at what cost. Maybe Perception, who I’m sure are avid readers of this blog, will offer some advice, or a new seat. The other problem with the seat is the angle it makes you sit. The back causes you to lean back more than you would in other boats like the Mirage and this has a negative effect on your forward stroke. An improved seat which pitches your upper body forward would be a big improvement.

 Eco Bezhig seat

Issue 4. The Eco decklines are a bloody disgrace. There are no 8mm recovery lines at the back as there are on the front so rearward recoveries force you to grab the deck bungees resulting in breakages. Even these bungees are poorly terminated with just a knot in  the end. This makes the boat’s safety compliance for Grade 3 a bit questionable. This issue is resolvable as are the others but at $2895 RRP (the same cost as a Mirage) quality control should be solid. 

Eco Bezhig deck lines 

None of these issue should deter a potential buyer as they can mostly be modified with cheap bits from a chandler. The seat is a longer term problem but if spares are available, they look easy enough to replace. I’ll let you know.   

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Posted by on January 20, 2008 in About Kayaks

 

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8 responses to “4 Eco Bezhig Issues

  1. Doug Sotheren

    January 26, 2008 at 10:08 am

    As a Q-kayak Tui user I am thinking of upgrading to a slightly faster boat. The Eco Bezhig is one option I am also looking at the point 65 sea cruiser. Any comments on comparison.
    Doug

     
  2. rjimlad

    January 27, 2008 at 1:58 am

    The Eco Bezhig is much faster than the Tui. I know this as I’ve paddled with Tui owners and I had to keep stopping. I really love the Eco Bezhig and if you’re after a plastic boat, it’s hard to go past. The Point 65s are well made but there’s a few paddlers in my club that are disowning them as they reckon they’re not suited to Australian conditions.
    However, the Mirage 580 is the same price as these and is certainly Australia’s boat of choice.

     
  3. Danny Morgan

    January 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Brad
    Hope you are keeping well , I had an other rip at the surfing yesterday and trust me it learns you very fast to brace and support, but once you catch a wave and the roar is behind you it’s class!! My sea boat is next in line for the surf and hopefully post some picture’s on the blog.ps Michelle said yes to marry me hence she got a new sea boat for xmas ha ha .

     
  4. horis karloff

    August 1, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I am bidding on an ecobezig on ebay. I wonder how it would compare to my old boat a valley rapier 20 carbon/kevlar. That was a bit tippy but quick and fairly light.

    any thought welcome

     
    • rjimlad

      August 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm

      The Rapier is a boat built for speed and racing. Te Eco Bezhig is an expedition kayak with a huge carrying capacity. They are very dissimilar boats. Before making a decision you really need to decide on what you want to do. The Rapier is an awesome boat that can handle a wide range of conditions very quickly but is not for the inexperienced and does not have the maneuverability of a classic sea kayak hull. THe Eco is versatile and tough and suitable for larger paddlers. If buying again I’d go for a Valley Aquanaut HV and get a better boat at the same price. If you can get an Eco cheaply then go for it.

       
  5. horis karloff

    August 21, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I bought an ecobezhig kayak, I made a collapesable trailer and tow the whole thing behind a folding bike. Trailer goes into hatches, bike goes on rear deck, 23ft long. kayak seat slightly hard for my butt, not easy to go straight unless rudder down. boat a bit flexible. love the small hatch in front of cockpit and cover. rudder pedals wires close to toes. overall I love this kayak. can post photo of bike towing it and bike on kayak

     
  6. Horis Karloff

    February 7, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Well my eco died in Sept 11 when I got hit by a zodiac. I survived but in need of constant medical care. I now have a point 65 XP 18 and a Valley Aquanaut HV 3 piece for when I can walk properly.

     
    • rjimlad

      February 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Sorry to hear this. I hope everything is fine. Nice boat upgrades.

       

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