There won't be any one boat out there that will cover everything. However, I think once I get my first, it'll be a couple of years before I get the next one. I'm not worried about the learning curve. I'd rather struggle a bit as I learn and take classes and have plenty of learning room for the next couple of years.
Peter, those are some crazy videos. It's funny, at times it's like watching ww videos, only the water comes from every side. It's also very strange to see small boats with GL paddles, but it makes a lot of sense. Both you and Celia bring up good points I didn't think about. In my head I was thinking that the longer the boat, the more floatation. Therefore longer would be better for rough waters. Couldn't be more wrong though. Those small play boats are huge in volume and perfect for quick movements. (Just like in ww). I'm starting to get how shape provides different functionality, but it's all about preference more than anything else.
The only problem I see with getting a romany would be that I'd probably find it on eBay and it would be completely unpredictable. I'd hope the last owner took good care of it, etc. This being my first big boat, I keep thinking it might be better to get something new that I know is in perfect condition and can have support from the manufacturer if there's anything wrong. Plus, that I was able to test in person.
Thanks all. This is extremely helpful.
Touring Kayak Paddles
Rescue / Throw Bags
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
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