Submitted: 09-14-1999 by EB
After trying different boats, I decided on buying a Looksha IV. But first I demo'd glass, kevlar, plastic (even a plastic Looksha Sport in the surf on the Washington coast). I tried the IV with a rudder and also with a drop-skeg. After several months of paddling extensively on inland lakes, the (unpredictable) Puget Sound and Pacific coastal swells, I decided on a glass Looksha IV DS (Drop-Skeg) because I love the way the Looksha handles, it's light so I can solo-car-top (I guess the drop-skeg boat saves a little weight over it's rudder-cousin), I haven't experienced any backpain during long paddles, and the boat holds enough gear for multi-day trips. Oh yeah... it looks really cool, too.