Posted by: paul-d on Dec-08-13 5:04 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
What is the general opinion regarding the Romny Surf for a senior paddler still desiring to play in the rough stuff? No longer have the strength or flexibility to be confident in my current Meridian SK or Force Cat4. Heard that the Surf is a little slow.
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Posted by: NateHanson on Dec-08-13 6:25 PM (EST)
If you're looking for something easier to turn and maneuver, with a touch more reassuring stability, the Surf is worth a try. You might think about a Valley Gemini SP as well.
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Posted by: tvcrider on Dec-08-13 6:33 PM (EST)
either the P&H Delphin or the composite version the Aries.
Posted by: ErikB on Dec-09-13 1:10 AM (EST)
NDK Vs. Dagger Meridian|
Posted by: paul-d on Dec-09-13 10:59 AM (EST)
Thanks for all the inputs. I know my KV Meridian at 47 lbs. is considerably lighter than any NDK model. That is very important since I often have to paddle alone.
Here's another choice.|
Posted by: magooch on Dec-09-13 11:19 AM (EST)
Take a look at the Eddyline Raven.
Posted by: dc9mm on Dec-09-13 11:32 AM (EST)
Valley Avocet But if surfing is your thing then a Gemini or P&H Delphin 150 or 155.
Maybe a SOT and a good cart for sand?|
Posted by: Celia on Dec-09-13 11:33 AM (EST)
Seriously - I don't know these boats, but I wonder if an appropriate one would make your life easier as long as you had a good cart to haul the thing from car to beach. If you are playing in surf you are already dressed for immersion anyway, so you wouldn't need to go out and buy new clothing.
Senior Surf Play|
Posted by: paul-d on Dec-09-13 1:34 PM (EST)
Gemini vs. Delphin|
Posted by: NateHanson on Dec-09-13 1:21 PM (EST)
The Gemini seems to be both the most maneuverable short sea kayak yet, and also, somehow, tracks better than the Delphin for distance. My impression from spending a day in the plastic Gemini SP (roto) is that it was perhaps a little faster than Delphin, but basically in the same ballpark. Both are reassuringly stable in big conditions, but the large Delphin has a bit more stability for me (and also carries a larger paddler).
Rommney Surf |
Posted by: seadart on Dec-09-13 10:43 PM (EST)
Look at a Sterling.|
Posted by: t.george on Dec-10-13 5:48 PM (EST)
If you're looking for a top quality light weight boat that will make you confident in rough water and you don't mind giving up some top speed, you'd be foolish not to look at one of Sterlings. I own a Reflection and it's so good it's almost cheating. The other boats mentioned in this post are not in the same league.
glad to see they're back in business|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Dec-11-13 9:40 AM (EST)
Ever since I watched the video of running a river in the Reflection I've wanted one.
Posted by: t.george on Dec-12-13 6:09 PM (EST)
I made the mistake of test paddling one and decided I couldn't live without it. The new boats are superior to the pre-fire boats, so now I have want and envy all over again. Just love that boat.
have you toured in it?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Dec-13-13 1:11 PM (EST)
How is speed? I have to believe it's a bit slower but that's probably only when the water's flat.
I used a plastic Romany Surf Sunday|
Posted by: capefear on Dec-19-13 9:20 AM (EST)
The coaming came loose on my Capella on Saturday, and I was lucky enough to get a loaner plastic Romany Surf for Sunday. We did a park and play day in some 2 - 3' surf. It certainly felt sluggish to me, and the waves don't make any difference as far as that's concerned. I felt her plowing whether paddling out, trying to catch a wave, or just plodding along in the broken waves.
almost bought a plastic romany|
Posted by: dc9mm on Dec-19-13 3:56 PM (EST)
Posted by: NateHanson on Dec-20-13 1:13 PM (EST)
The Fiberglass Romany Surf is geared towards larger paddlers than the Romany.
bathtub-ish was the wrong word|
Posted by: capefear on Dec-20-13 1:44 PM (EST)
That's usually used to describe fit. At 6' 190 lbs, the Romany Surf fit me just fine.
Posted by: carltj on Dec-21-13 3:18 PM (EST)
With respect to speed: A friend who had owned a Surf RM and tried a Surf composite in a tidal race (acquiring waves against a current) said the glass version was clearly faster and accelerated better than the plastic version.