Rated 5 out of 5 by BeccaM excellent boat
Great boat!!!! I originally bought a folding kayak from another retailer but it was impossible to put together in less than an hour. This one is pretty easy to snap together in a couple minutes. Takes up a bit of space in the back of my SUV but it is SO much better than dealing with lifting a boat onto a roof system and constantly being afraid of it blowing off. Feels just like a regular kayak when I'm on the water.
At the water, there are a lot of puzzled looks!!! But, I can get it back into my car SO much faster than everybody else who is trying to lift their kayaks onto their roofs and tying them down!!!
Plus, my gas mileage doesn't suffer from something on the roof and the boat is secure in my car.
September 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Stmarysgael LIFECHANGING
Age 67, sea kayaked for 30 years but strength and health not what it once was, overhead racks hard to handle, live in apartment so no storage available. I had given up my on my passion for the sport. Then I discover the Point65 Mercury. Fits inside my small SUV with all my golf gear. Stores in the corner of my bedroom. Each section weighs less than 20lbs. And most importantly on the water it is a fast, stable, great handling kayak. LLBean has been great. if you call customer support with questions you get connected with people who know kayaks. Thank you to everyone who is connected with this product!
July 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Katrin Easy to carry, easy to store, easy to transport!
I was looking for a kayak that is easy to store in an apartment, easy to transport in a non-SUV and easy to put together by a single person within a few minutes. In a German kayak magazine, I found an article about the new kayak by Point65, the Mercury, and was fascinated by this idea. Unfortunately, it was quite difficult to find a place where you could actually test the kayak, so I took the risk and just ordered the kayak? and I didnīt get disappointed!
While waiting for delivery of my new kayak (which took only a very few days), I watched some videos online how to actually put the 3 pieces for the solo and 4 pieces for the tandem kayak together. It just looked so easy. Upon arrival of my new ?baby?, I took it to my living room and unpacked it. Within 50 seconds and all by myself, I was able to put the 3 pieces for the solo kayak together. Amazing! It just works! Thereīs a little trick to which piece must be lifted up a little bit but thatīs kind of self-explaining (or just take a close look at the video available online). Once you figured that out, itīs no rocket-science putting the pieces together. Disassembling the components was almost as easy as putting the pieces together. Thereīs also a little trick?again, one piece must be lifted up a little. You just need to know which piece must be lifted up and which doesnīt. I practiced assembling/disassembling a few more times and then decided to put the 3 pieces in my car to go paddling the following day. Since each component is not heavy at all, itīs very easy to carry the kayak parts to the car and put it in the trunk. All 3 components easily fit in my non-SUV car, especially because the bow section fits into the cockpit section so itīs really only 2 pieces that must fit in your car.
After Iīve made it to the lake the following day, the 3 parts were easily carried to the water and put together. Of course, some people were a little surprised when they saw the single pieces been carried to the water and put together just like that. So easy and so fast! I got in and off I went. Itīs really amazing how fast the set-up is. I also have a foldable kayak and I am kind of used to spending about 25 minutes before and after paddling with putting the kayak together and taking apart. That wasnīt really convenient for a little trip right after work.
My first impression: since itīs not really a bulky kayak regarding width, you speed up quite well. It just feels like a ?normal? touring kayak. I decided to play a little with the extractable skeg and rudder. Getting the skeg in and out, is really easy though I was a little concerned at the beginning about the position of the knob which must be turned to get the skeg extracted. The knob itself is behind your right back so you need to turn towards your right side a little to be able to turn the knob. Once the skeg is out, the rudder can be used to its full extend. I must agree that at the beginning the kayak with the skeg extended started to turn a little but that was more a mistake of the kayaker herself than the kayak. After a bit I figured out what my problem was?I had made a mistake with the pedals when adjusting them to the correct position (left and right werenīt really at the same position since the left and right chord didnīt match exactly regarding its length). Since itīs quite easy to adjust the length of the chord while being on-shore, that problem was fixed right away?and off I went again. It worked much better this time.
While paddling through the lake, I didnīt really feel any lateral instability (left ? right) of the kayak at all. Honestly, I was a little afraid of that since itīs made of single pieces which are just strapped together. I did experience though some slight longitudinal (up and down) instability when the wind brought up some bigger waves. It doesnīt feel uncomfortable at all and the kayak still works, of course, you can just hear that the bow part of the kayak bounces a little onto the cockpit part of the kayak. But as I said, there were some big waves out on the lake. Once I got back towards the shore where the waves were much smaller, I wasnīt able to feel or hear any bouncing of the 3 pieces onto each other. This ?feature? only occurs when there are really big waves but I guess, the kayak wasnīt made for that purpose either.
The seat is padded on the bottom as well as on the back (at least on the 2013 modell) but itīs not adjustable. This would be a nice feature to have an adjustable seat. Right now, I hardly use the padded back since I try to sit in an upright-position while paddling. The back part of the seat is not completely upright so if you lean onto it, youīre kind of feeling like youīre sitting on your couch. Itīs quite comfy but not really the position I would like to have while paddling. Again, I hardly use the back part of the seat while paddling.
In the meantime, I was also able to test the tandem kayak with a friend of mine where I basically made the same experiences as with the solo.
In my opinion itīs a great kayak with plenty of space for the kayaker and some stuff you want to take with you. Itīs so easy to put the 3 pieces for the solo and 4 pieces for the tandem kayak together and take apart.
Of course, there are some things I would like to optimize on the Mercury, but thatīs just my personal opinion. The 2013 modell of the Mercury already has a padded back (compared to the 2012 modell) but itīs not adjustable. An adjustable seat would be just awesome. I would also change the position of the cupholder. And I would like to have the opportunity for the rudder/skeg where the rudder canīt be moved to the left/right at all. Right now, even with the skeg pulled it, thereīs some slight movement possible for the rudder. If you donīt want to use the rudder but still want to put your feet on the pedals, this third option/position might be helpful. Right now, I just take the chords off from the attachment ring in the back if the rudder/skeg wonīt be used at all. You still want to make sure though that the rudder is exactly in the middle otherwise you keep turning towards one side. Therefore I put a little rubber piece between the stern at the rudder to keep the rudder in its mid position.
Again, these minor improvements are my very personal opinion. The Mercury as it is right now is already a great kayak?but you always need some room for improvement!
Summary of my requirements:
+ easy to store (the bow fits into the cockpit section)
+ easy to carry
+ easy to transport (the bow fits into the cockpit section)
+ easy and fast to put together and take apart
+ still paddles like a touring kayak
All the requirements and expectations I had for my new kayak, were more than fulfilled. I love to go for a paddle right after work without a lot of preparation before and after paddling. Within few minutes I am ready to go! Thatīs exactly what I was looking for!
In July, I am going on a 6-day tour with the Mercury?looking forward to that! Weīll see how that works out! So I donīt just use it for a little tour after work anymore but also start doing some bigger tours with it! I just love it!
Happy paddling and thank you Point 65 for designing such a wonderful take-apart kayak!
June 16, 2013