Posted by: NateHanson on Dec-26-12 9:50 AM (EST)
I actually have the exact same two boats (though something like a Cetus, Force 4, Explorer, etc would serve the same purpose as the Aquanaut), and I think they're a good pair. Both tend towards opposite ends of the distance/play continuum, but they're both capable across a wide range.
Sea kayaking is not like golf, where you can choose a different club for each shot. If that were the case, I'd probably choose something more like a white-water boat, and a surf ski. But those are too extreme for the range of needs that each outing presents when sea kayaking. Every day involves a variety of conditions and environments, so even if you're going rock-hopping, you may want a boat that can paddle at 4 knots for a couple hours to get there and back. Similarly, when out on a multi-day trip, I want a boat that can maneuver well in rough water, and surf those following waves when they come up.