-- Last Updated: Jan-04-13 4:02 PM EST --
I paddle a Shadow, which is the big brother to the Legend. I agree with Capefear about the shape of the bottom, it's mostly flat, except it has a little roundness to it, with no v and tons of secondary stability. The person I bought my Shadow from let me have an extended demo of a week with the boat, otherwise I might not have appreciated it so much. It was when I was paddling around in some small choppy waves, and checking out the edges and I thought I was going to get knocked over, and I was mentally preparing to roll, when I found myself being supported by this solid edge, heeled much further over than any other boat I have paddled. Lots of secondary stability. It takes a day or two of paddling the Shadow to get used to its loose feeling, it seems to pick up on every little piece of energy in the water and want to exploit it, and you need loose hips to kinda accept whats going on under you. But once you learn to work with the boat, it seems to fly. Running downwind it doesn't have the strongest tracking, the skeg doesn't deploy that deeply, but if you stay tuned in to what the boat is doing, you can keep it running downwind\downwave pretty well with just small directional strokes. Tons of volume in the bow so it surfs very well, the plumb bow seems to resist pearling, and the hard chines and solid secondary work great to keep it headed the direction you want. The hard chines can seemingly trip you up a bit in the beginning while surfing, until you really learn to anticipate what the boat wants to do, and using the edges well with a little bracing goes a long way to keeping the boat upright. It's a long boat (17'10") that can carry a lot of gear, travel pretty quickly, teach you how to use your edges well, and surf fairly well, but it might challenge you a little in the beginning. My Shadow now feels tame compared to my surf kayak with its big flat bottom and rails, but I learned a lot paddling the Shadow, and I'm going to keep it until something amazing in terms of a big gear hauler comes along.
I've never paddled a Nordkapp, but I'm probably too heavy (230lbs) to utilize one as a trip boat...
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