I am a beginning sea kayaker, with a fair amount of time on the water in sailboats. I got a classic Valley Nordkapp in partial trade for my last boat, and I have been out a couple of times, and its great, but I am kind of scared of it. I haven’t learned to roll yet, I figured I should be able to get back in first, just in case my roll failed. Its tippy, and as I learned in a pool practice, I couldn’t do a cowboy reentry because the cockpit is too short (or my legs too long?) I am 6’ and 190 lbs.
I have gotten advice to get a different boat, maybe something bigger, something with more cockpit. I am torn. I really like my Nordkapp. I know its a bit of a challenging boat.
So, I guess I am looking for some advice on how to proceed. Am I wasting my time with the Nordkapp, or should I try a “beginners boat”? Or just figure this thing out, learn to roll it and find a different reentry technique?
Its a beautiful kayak, and I plan to keep it, at least until I am convinced its a lost cause.
edit: the cockpit is 27x16 inches, I think that’s called the “ocean cockpit”.