Posted by: oldgeezer1 on Jan-03-13 7:29 AM (EST)
Great points on the seat height. Mine currently has a foam seat. For one, I need the foam seat in order to get low enough in the boat for it to fit. I find the Nordkapp to be a snug fitting boat and it is too snug for me with a higher seat.
Changing the seat height, and changing the snugness of the hip pads has completely changed the stability of the boat for me--more than with other boats. Primarily I find that it significantly alters the secondary stability of the boat (vice the primary stability). With the right seat height and boat fit I find the Nordkapp has great secondary stability, and with a lousy fit the boat seems to have no distinguishable line between primary and secondary, which I am not fond of.
As to fit, that is one big variable for me with the Legend I think. I paddled a friend's Legend many years ago and remember it being a very loose fit with a high deck. I remember feeling like I was going to fall out when i rolled it. I will have to see when I finally get to test paddle one again. Maybe that was just a matter of perspective since I was paddling a fairly snug boat at the time that was probably too tight for me.
As to performance in the surf zone versus the Romany and shorter boats...sometimes a long boat can be nice in the surf zone too since it makes it easier to catch some waves, and sometimes can do better at avoiding broaching. Plus I am on the heavy side for a lot of the cool short boats so I no longer own one at this time (used to have a Romany and Avocet a long time ago)
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