I very much like the Shadow 16.5 and
Posted by: Yanoer on Jun-21-12 6:56 PM (EST)
Eclipse 17 / Sea Lion in the kevlar construction (46 lbs and 50 lbs respectively).
The Shadow 16.5 fits me well in the cockpit, but is a bit tight on foot room for my size 8.5 feet with about any kind of shoes on.
The Eclipse 17 / Sea Lion still fits me pretty well in the cockpit and has ample foot room for my size 9 Chota Quicklace Mukluks, but is a bit more boat to keep moving and a bit less sporty for me.
I wish the Shadow 16.5 had more foot room, then I probably wouldn't even look at another boat.
I also very much liked the Eddyline Fathom LV when I test paddled it last summer - very quick, sporty & maneuverable.
The Eddyline Nighthawk 16 and Merlin LT have deep V hulls and are way to much work to turn if you like to play around and turn quickly.
Enjoy your search.