Actually, a lightweight Monarch design sounds pretty good, for uses in which less cargo space is OK and manageable seas are likely, or where carries are part of the game. Yes, the deck adds weight as compared to open, but still it comes in at around 42 lbs, as opposed to 55 lbs. Those last 12 lbs are huge.
A deruddered Monarch also sounds pretty good for uses in which smaller seas are likely, and with the smaller profile than the Monarch, a rudder is not as needed on a Canak . A rudder creates drag, adds weight, and futziness, and I‘d rather not have one if I can likely get by without any need for it.
I had a Prism for years with a Cooke cover, and sold it out of the classifieds here on pnet. I cannot say enough good things about the design, execution and support of the Cooke cover. It was a great product, but frankly, I did not use it much. Too much futz putting it on and off for carries, getting it wet, drying it off, etc. In the morning, when it was usually calm, I’d be inclined to skip it. When it got dicey, I rarely pulled over, put it on, and continued. I’d either carry on anyway as best I could, or stop for the day. So, a cover to battle windage, for me, not so great. For cold, rainy days, keeping the rain out of the bilge and keeping me warmer, I loved it, and that is what made it worth its weight on a trip.
I’ve seen the Canak in person, and the Prism with the cover still has a much higher wind profile than the Canak.
My 2 cents.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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