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I'll get rid of the obvious - the four WW boats, the one canoe and the 6 sea kayaks all serve different masters.
Within the sea kayaks, one is not wet all that often because it is heavy plastic and doesn't track for crap, the Necky DS Elaho. It would be good for rock gardening if we lived closer to surf. It is fun for wet work too, and can be nice in pool sessions because it is relatively short for a long boat and can be dropped on pavement on a cold night without getting hurt. It is also a stranded boat, only two years of them, and it is a hard boat to give up because of fitting a unique niche.
After that there are five (two day boat short and three long) sea kayaks between the two of us. The choice of which boat depends on considerations about rescue platform need (two of them aren't great there), speed (three of them aren't the best there), how much attention needs to be paid to the boat (the Nordkapp LV loses votes there) and how long a boat we want to haul (the two day boats win that one).
Suffice to say that there is overlap in each boat between these characteristics. So we make the best choice for the day.
It can be easier if we are taking someone else out and are loaning them a boat. Usually they'll fit one of my husband's boat, so he can switch off with them over the day. I don't have as much fun - hardly anyone fits in my boats.