a trend it is
Posted by: RubricOfRuin on Mar-30-13 5:52 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Mar-30-13 5:55 PM EST --
Plumb bow and length itself (after a certain value) have little impact on kayak speed. Well, obviously they do, under academical considerations. But a) there are very few people who can sustain 0.8-0.9 hull speed of a 18-19 feet long boat for any meaningful, plub or raked bow b) hull/shape profile is everything. Take VKV boats - Seagull Elite/Off-Shore, Anita. They are pretty regular boats on their overall looks - they are also very fast on the water, compared to "conventional" sea kayaks, hard or soft chined. Reason? They are expedition kayaks with round bottom and not chines whatsoever.
So it is a trend. Most paddlers, me includes, would not mind being seen in an aggressively-styled "cool" boat.
As to utility of extended bow, imo, plub bow would be counterproductive when you want to carve a turn in rough water quickly and your bow is stuck in wave.
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