Then you did find out
Posted by: bartc on Jun-20-12 9:41 PM (EST)
that these boats, at least the Glide, can be actually well designed. No, it's not fast. I can move it at 4 mph regularly, but in a wind or current it is definitely not the best. The wide and long cockpit makes entry and exit very easy. It does edge. Except for wind/current conditions when I was tired after a long paddle, I could usually keep up with the sea kayak friends in the sloughs, and they often joke that I keep them paddling hard to keep up with me.
So when I read people trashing the rec boats outright, I get defensive of this little craft.
But I have no illusions about its seaworthiness in the real ocean, believe me!