Submitted: 05-02-2008 by Rob Bell
I grew up paddling one of these awesome boats on the west coast of North Wales.
As a day boat, especially for the smaller paddler, this is just the ticket.
In spite of it's relatively narrow (only by the standards of most modern bathtubs) beam, the Anas is very stable, it's hard chines give it great primary and secondary stability. It maneuvers fantastically especially up on edge, so you can use it for rock hopping and close in work. Turning is also easy, there is little need for a rudder, since a gentle lean to the outside of the turn will work at least as well and with less drag.
The ocean cockpit is absolutely the way to go, ok yes, your skills need to improve, but that's a good thing right? I like the smaller opening as it's much easier to keep the water out.
The only cons with this boat, are limited space and displacement, which is not really an issue for day paddling, (I weigh 200lbs), and a slight speed deficiency compared to rounded section hulls.