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Submitted: 06-12-2004 by Brian L.
Have paddled the low volume Kevlar model with skeg for 2.5 years (5'9-170 lbs.). Have paddled in the ocean, some crossings (Delaware Bay), short/medium circumnavigations on East Coast (Manhattan/Cape May). Wife has Romany so have a true Brit boat for comparison. Prefer the low weight of the Romany and reduced rocker. That said, the Romany handles better when you're in following seas or when you're snapping (or attempting to snap) hand rolls. Plenty of room to live out of the Dagger for a week if you pack wisely. Space around skeg accomodates small wine cellar without too much trouble or compromise to handling. Static braces in the Meridian work but the Romany is even better for this. I'm keeping this boat as a second and hopefully upgrading to a Valley Quarajaq shortly (new longer, faster, less rockered Anas Acuta)--still trying to nail down if there will be any produced this year as I'd like to paddle one before ordering a customizied version. If you're under 185 lbs and will have only one boat and want it to do it all (expedition of up to week, surf, day paddles)--get the low volume Meridan in Kevlar with skeg--you won't be disappointed.