Posted by: bartc on Dec-21-12 10:37 AM (EST)
Celia, I appreciate what you're saying.
What bothered me about the Z was that I didn't feel as though I wanted to spend the time to learn the Zephyr better. That was a huge surprise. That side to side sense of instability was what got to me. I realize it doesn't mean that it was actually going to capsize. It was nerve wracking to me and it felt as though I was having to expend too much energy dealing with that, rather than simply going forward.
As you noted, the Alchemy was an instant hit/fit, and it's unfortunate that it was too tight a fit for me. So was the Delsyk 430(not a commonly available boat), and that wasn't too tight for me. Both are shorter boats (14'), and maybe that's where I need to be right now. I'm more certain that I am probably not ready for a 22" wide boat at this point.
What "short" boat are you now using that you like so much?
Could I have just had a bad day? Certainly. Could it be that I'm not the same as I was before surgery? Certainly. I'd posit many possible factors. I'm just going to have to test out more boats on the water after all, it seems. Which will probably mean at least one more water session with a Zephyr, maybe the 155 next time.
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