I might be the odd one
Posted by: gnarlydog on Dec-21-12 9:44 PM (EST)
I might be the odd one with 5 sea kayaks that are very similar to each other and of the same style, only the 6th one is different.
Then again when I was mad keen on mountain biking I also had several bikes of similar style.
But just like my bikes, each kayak rides just a little bit differently.
All of my kayaks are with skeg, no rudders.
All of them are glass (actually carbon/Kevlar).
The difference between them is the volume and beam, rocker and hull shape, chines.
The largest one is for trips of a week or longer, while at the other end there is the low volume and low deck.
But every time I take one out for a paddle I feel how each one responds differently to the conditions.
Do I have a favourite? Not really.
Am I searching for the “it” kayak? Not at all.
For me there is no such thing: a kayak that does it all with absolute grace does not exist.
Just like my mountain bikes, each one has merits and shortcomings. Each one is enjoyable for the virtues and the faults, so I have to hone my skills to be able to paddle with confidence.