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I personally consider at least trying to learn a roll to be a primary skill for any type of kayaking, and having one to be a core skill for open water like sea kayaking and big lakes. So whitewater or not is unimportant.
What does matter is that the mixed use and rec boats are usually poorly designed for rolling, unless you like killing yourself trying to learn. The Excursion comes in at a width of 25.5 inches and, according to the Hurricane web site, an intention for use as a hybrid between rec and touring. The kind of stability that this hull should have designed in is not what I would put in front of someone trying to first learn how to roll. It'd be too much of an uphill climb especially if you are smaller.
So - my response on that wasn't about it being a touring boat potential use, but it being a long boat that sat towards the rec side in its design.
While I am here, do you also have that darned high seat back? If you do, it will complicate using a neo deck skirt. Nylon skirts sometime work more easily, depending on where the tunnel is relative to the back of the skirt.
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