The UK made Easky 17 from P & H/Venture is plastic, Brit style, good cargo space and less than half the price of the QCC600X. Maybe even cheaper yet if dealers are selling off the Easky 17s because Venture is replacing them with the similar Cappella 165 (another rugged poly high volume but nimble kayak you might want to look at -- same mold as the composite Capellas.) At 17'6", 23" beam, 58# (lighter than the Tsunami)the Easky is comparable in size to the Tsu, but being more Brit style it is lower cargo volume: 39 gallons in 3 hatches. (the Cappella is only 35 gallons). Good looking boats, too.
I've got the smaller Easky 15LV and love the heck out if it for just about everything, from sea to stream. It's great in rough water, fast in smooth and I even took it (inadvertently) down 6 miles of Class I to III creek last month, banging it off rocks and sliding over ledges. I like the hard chines and tracking. I have never felt I even needed a rudder with it.
I've used a friend's Tsunami before and the Easky's are gazelles compared to the Tsunami water buffalos. If you read reviews of them, the Easkys are considered a great bang for the buck with performance (and even weight) similar to composite boats costing 2 to 3 times as much.
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