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QCC Kayaks

QCC Q500

16'10" x 23" 41 - 50 lbs.
(depending on choice of layup)

Q500X  Stern view

Dimensions Weight Cockpit Dim. Cockpit Depth Capacity Hatches dim.
16'10"" x 23" 50 lbs. 30" x 16" 14" 325 lbs. 16" x 9" (bow)
19" x 12" (stern)

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Design Statement: I designed the Q500 for paddling long distances with large loads. Paddlers who travel long distances place a high priority on comfort and a forgiving boat that does not have them constantly battling to keep the boat on course, and upright. The Q500 has a gentle forgiving nature that allows you to focus on seeing the scenery, the wildlife and on enjoying the peace on the water. Although designed for novice to intermediate paddlers, the Q500 has earned a lot of respect from skilled paddlers who appreciate its speed and seaworthiness.
--John Winters

The Q500 is a large volume touring kayak that is suitable for both day and extended trips. While compact, light, and manueverable enough to put in the water for a one hour paddle, its many qualities can perhaps be best appreciated on an extended tour -- and like a lot of boats its size, it probably handles best when loaded.

With its 16'5" waterline, the Q500 paddles "bigger" than a lot of "big" boats, including the Falcon 18, the Caribou, the Nordkapp, and the Arctic Hawk -- all of which hang significantly more of their length out above the water. (The Q500's waterline is equal to that of the average 18' 8" kayak.) What all this means is that the Q500 has superior carrying capacity and glide when compared to most 16-18 foot kayaks.

True to its designer's intent, the Q500 is remarkably stable and forgiving. For these reasons, it is a great boat for novices and intermediates, and for advanced paddlers needing to carry a lot of gear. It's stability makes it suitable for photography, fishing, birdwatching . . . spending the day in. It handles predictably and well. It's semi-hard chines and shallow "v" hull provides both tracking and stability. On a lean, this boat feels exceptionally secure, and it continues to feel solid in choppy, confused seas -- just when so many other boats start to feel squirrelly.

The Q500 provides a great ride in following seas -- again feeling very stable but accelerating easily to stay on the front of a wave.

This is a very comfortable boat that will especially be appreciated by large and tall paddlers. The peaked deck sheds water rapidly and allows a long, deep cockpit that is easy to get in and out of. Yet the narrowness of the cockpit and the sloping underside of the deck also provides excellent thigh bracing.

The Rapidpulse Deluxe Touring seat is easy to sit in for long trips. Additional outfitting details include foam thigh braces, 1/4" deck elastics, deck lines, flush fiberglass hatch covers with safety tethers, composite bulkheads, SealLine foot braces, and bow & stern carrying toggles.

Options include Options include SealLine SmartTrack rudder, skeg, thigh braces, Nexus compass, deck pump, and fishing rod holder. Colors include Canada Red, Expedition Yellow, Sky Blue, Gulfside Teal, and 9 others -- or you can choose your own.

The Q500 is also available with stern hatch only (Q500S), or with no hatches (clean deck). (These options reduce both cost and weight for paddlers who don't require 2 storage hatches).

Also available in kevlar layup (46 lbs., add $300.00), kevlar/carbon (43 lbs, add $525.00), or carbon fiber (41 lbs., add $600.00).

Q500 Photos

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Jay Gullixson photo

Jay Gullixson photo

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