when the Crossover was designed, and it was done well for its intended purposes.
Length is only one factor related to speed, tracking, and maneuverability. My slalom c-1 is just as long, much more maneuverable, but slower in cruising speed. Hull design is the key. The Crossover has a hull design more suited to cruising the flats or powering straight through rapids. And, only as an example, the LL XP10 is designed to have better maneuverability, with a minor sacrifice in cruising speed.
As Holmes said, as technique develops, a skeg becomes less and less useful. With good technique, the skeg in the Crossover won't be needed or wanted often.
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