Posted by: Wayne_Smith on Dec-22-12 8:49 AM (EST)
Among the sea kayaks:
CD Caribou (1998 Model) She excels in rough water, has good gear storage, surfs real well, and above average speed. Rear coaming is a little too high, though. Overall, the best compromise for all uses IMO. Been paddling her for all uses since she was brand new.
Valley Anas Acuta Just plain FUN. Slow, a bit on the unstable side when sitting still for many inexperienced people, but super maneuverable, and can handle most any sea conditions. Great roller, too.
Betsie Bay Recluse FAST easy roller. Also unstable when sitting still for the inexperienced. I can't paddle her anymore since surgery last year - deck is too low, making it way too painful to do so. Was my boat of choice for long day paddles in mild seas.
Of my better half's fleet, she has:
Foster Silhouette Fast, easy roller, playful, unstable. I really like this boat. It'd get a lot more use if she hadn't outfitted it so that nobody but herself could fit in it. It only gets used in fresh water and flat seas nowadays.
NDK Explorer LV The original LV, which was just a regular Explorer with a lowered deck. Slow, maneuverable, great in rough water, decent cargo room even though the deck is lowered.
Necky Arluk 1.9 Another fast all-around boat with good characteristics. Hardly ever gets used anymore, but it's a good boat all the same.
Both the Necky and the Betsie Bay are for sale. The Necky casually for sale if the right offer made, and the BBK is for sale if the offer is the right price (We use if for guests on the lake down the street otherwise).