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Rough water and short generally go well together. Check out what Neptune's Rangers do at http://www.youtube.com/user/NeptunesRangers. P&H Delphin, dagger Alchemy, Pyranha Fusion are the most common boats used (but a few others are in there). Longest of that pack is the 15.5' Delphin. I show up in some of these videos in my red and orange Alchemy with red helmet, but I am not as good as the guys and gals you see the most of (t.george paddles with them also, so may also show up).
Short boats generally lose in speed and storage capacity. A shorter water line boat will generally have a slower hull speed. And of course, less room to pack stuff.
But if anything, I would rather a shorter boat in chop or the surf zone than a longer boat.
URCHIN Portable Anchor
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