You will not keep up in the crossovers! I often hear that is what folks want and they get talked into them at the store as a do everything boat. I'd much rather run class 2/3 whitewater in an Alchemy than go for a Lake/Ocean paddle in a Fusion.
The short boats are only good for white water or surfing. There is no chance they can keep up on the weekday night easy 6 to 10 miles paddles and they are not suited for paddling to a surf zone from a long way unless you plan to get there with other boats the same length.
Don't be fooled by the marketing. These may be great boats for camping and whitewater and short surf trips, but I have never seen anyone do an easy 10 miles of flatwater in one.
That said, I did see someone do 8 miles in a 12 foot Axiom, but they worked pretty hard to keep up and many of us worked very hard to go slow to keep the group together.
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