I’ve been looking at some of the faster light weight kayaks, mostly because I think they would be fun. Ability to use them for a multi day trip is a big bonus, but not really the primary thing. I have other boats after all.
I’ve really been looking at the Epic 18x and the sport version, preferably the 2019 version or earlier with the integrated rudder rather than the over stern, along with the Stellar S18R. Both are hard to find on the used market and since I don’t actually plan to compete, I don’t want to spend the +/- $4k on new. The epic’s I’ve seen tend to be on the east coast, private sales that understandably don’t want to bother with the shipping and they are rare.
I have possibly found a stellar within about 350 miles though. Hoping to hear back.
I was wondering about people that paddled them. I’ve read reviews, watched videos and done what I can for a boat that I can’t lay my hands on to try out.
One thing I’ve noticed is the Stellar has no real bow volume and goes through the waves rather than over them, again because it’s built for speed. The epic seems to have decent touring properties, but the stellar I’m less sure of. These are rudder boats, but do these edge really? Open water racing and day to day paddling have different turning needs. Not really something mentioned in the reviews and I want to make sure that I don’t buy a fast boat that only really has manors and is manageable in open water cruising. I want to just get out and paddle, be able to handle some weather, hopefully be able to practice rolls. Hoping for insight from people that use these boats.