Posted by: old_user on Jan-04-13 3:54 PM (EST)
Agreed in many ways... I too have owned a Bahiya and a Greenlander Pro. Both are hard chined, but with V bottoms. The Foster boats are unique in that they have hard chines and ROUND bottoms.
The feeling though is as described above--a boat that likes to sit on its edge perhaps more than sit upright, and has low initial stability. That is what I am interested in, and why I ask about the Legend versus the Nordkapp. Both are round bottomed, fairly "tippy" boats that are fast, and easily edged, often preferring to be paddled on edge rather than upright. I like that feeling and it is one that a boat like the Explorer doesn't really have. I am not after a lot of primary stability. I like a lower primary stability and good secondary stability personally.
And true that a good paddler can paddle any boat in rough water....but not every boat excels or is optimized for rough water. My question is posed from the perspective of an accomplished paddler looking for a high performance boat that excels in rough water with an accomplished paddler, and not from the perspective of a novice looking for a boat to boost confidence in rough conditions. I do also own an Explorer so if I ever felt like I needed a confidence boost in big conditions that would be the boat I would take out.
And of course...they're all great boats--legend, nordkapp, explorer, etc. I am just curious how people compare the two boats in my post...and I love discussing boats as do some others here.
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