Perhaps because I now have a boat built on the west coast (a Sterling boat), I’ve noticed on a few occasions people making reference to east coast vs west coast boats. I have taken this to mean not just inconsequential styling differences but design differences such that east coast boats are perhaps more suitable for east coast paddling and vice versa. If so, I would guess this has to do with hull configurations that are more suitable for paddling on longer, larger swells (for west coast boats)…but I’m totally guessing. Does anyone have a more informed view on what makes a west coast boat different from an east coast boat and why one might be less suitable than the other when paddling on the “wrong” (guess I’m quoting myself here) coast?
And as a final comment, I would note that on both coasts there are a range of environments that must somewhat confound a simplistic answer. A protected estuary on the east coast is going to be different from the open coast off Cape Hatteras and so too, I would think, coastal Oregon would be a somewhat different paddling environment from Puget Sound. Anyway, thanks in advance for your thoughts.