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  Nate's nailed it
  Posted by: wilsoj2 on Feb-02-13 9:48 AM (EST)
 

I'm 6' 175-180 and have been paddling a standard Aquanaut since 2004. I also have a Nordkapp LV, Romany, and Elaho D.S. The Aquanaut is my 'go-to' and traveling boat. Not as exciting as the Nordlow or spritely as the Romany but it handles all conditions with aplomb. It is my traveling and camping boat. It paddles well laden or unladen. I think, unless you are planning to paddle heavily loaded, the Aquanaut LV would be more enjoyable for your weight than a standard. (As has been noted the poly and composite 'nauts are different in size despite same designation -- e.g. the poly Aquanaut LV is beamier than a composite standard Aquanaut).

Another plus, IMHO, is that the Aquanaut retains a Valley feel whereas the newer Valley boats seem to be attempting to be less so. (Pintail and Nordlow are the most obvious embodiments of that 'Valley feel'. An Aquanaut retains some of that fluidity while being less demanding.)

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