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  Posted by: 9986mkoh on Jan-30-14 2:52 PM (EST)

No, I totally understand the difference is actual hull configuration such as hard vs soft chines. What I'm talking about is lines visible longitudinally across the kayak that just look like a lower quality manufacturing process as opposed to the Sirocco with smooth changes in geometry throughout the hull.

I just wanted to check on opinions as to whether or not one was truly a better quality boat builder or if it is just something model specific. I'll add a picture later if I get a chance.

We've been planning the trip for about 9 months now, and we're both strong swimmers and athletic. That being said, we've been practicing (during the warm months) rolling with this style kayak as well as assisting each other without paddles in the event that would happen. As far as loose gear recovery, I'm more concerned with taking care of securing everything before leaving, other than what we need access to without stopping.

We have May-August to do this, which I understand isn't ideal for conditions, but there's no other way to work around the timing. I also understand these aren't top of the line quality touring kayaks, but that's not going to happen no matter how you cut it. Paddles I'm willing to spend a little more on, but I do really like the one I have even against some Werner paddles I've tried (they're really nice too, I just didn't have much of a preference either way). We're planning on it taking about 100 days, and our current paddling exercises seem to suggest that's reasonable, and we'll have at least a minimal amount of current going with us depending on conditions.

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