2013 models are getting a day hatch making it uniform with the 4 hatch layout of the Cetus. Utterly no hull changes planned.
As to performance, take the surf reviews of the Delphin and as Emeril would say "Kick it up a notch!" Acceleration, reaction times and alround responsiveness makes it a blast and more sporty feeling than the plastic Delphin version. (I know that's very unquantifiable)
Yes, I'm biased. Being that the hull is so different from a Romany there's no comparison. For reference it's a 15'5" that turns as if its river running whitewater kayak but will keep up a good head of touring speed to allow you to travel the coast in search of playspots in the surf with acceleration to easily attain the wave face of your choice. The scalloped hard chine at the bow, med. soft chine and flat under the cockpit and very sharp rails at the stern make it play a wave face unlike any other typical hull shape I've had the chance to play with. With the increased volume around the front of the cockpit and the hard chines the paddlers heels tend to rest more outboard than with a rounded hull at the footbraces providing space for big shoes and a more knee upward orientation. Very low back deck. Connect-30 whitewater seat and backhand taken from Pyrahna whitewater line is very comfy and provides positive contact.
Being that the 3 hatch design is becoming a victim of fashion (I like the three hatch arrangement) there are deals to be had like the ones you might have come across on eBay!
See you on the water,
The River Connection, Inc.
Hyde Park, NY
Touring Kayak Paddles
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