Some boat and paddler combinations are so "on" that the paddler immediately gets a sense of the head room the boat provides in terms of staying upright and can relax, some are less so. The Alchemy is like the NDSK Romany in that regard, just about anyone can get into it and feel comfortable and relaxed. I don't know the Delsyk boats, in the Eddylines that can be pretty model-specific.
You and the Zephyr appear to not be that kind of match, and that may just not be your boat. But it doesn't mean that the boat was going to capsize in a heartbeat. It may mean that you need to spend time in more sea kayaks to expand your flexibility in getting to know a boat.
I say that from some experience. My short sea kayak is not a boat that was an instant intuitive match, at all. But she was so different from my other boat that I felt it was worth learning to paddle her. I was right about that, and by the second season this became my primary and favorite boat.
Gedi Convertible Helmet
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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