You really... Posted by: ByronWalter on Jun-17-12 4:18 PM (EST)
...don't need a rudder to contend with waves. This will also greatly expand your choices. Rudders help most with boats that lack rocker which means they really like to go straight. With most sea kayaks this isn't an issue.
As for what might be the right boat for you, well it's hard to go wrong with some of the major players like P&H, Valley, and TideRace (to name a few). Any respectable dealer will help fit you properly to your (future) kayak. All those mentioned above make models that should make for a good fit.
You will have to track down some demo day events and get out on the water and test as many different models as you can. Chances are you will stumble on something nice. Sounds like fun.
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