So I decided to upgrade from my wide rec boat to a longer, faster SOT.
My candidates are:
RTM Midway (14 ft, 65 cm beam. Different hull, but in the same vein as the RTM Tempo/Scupper). It is the fastest reasonably priced SOT available in Europe. I have tried it and liked it a lot.
Nelo 510, a 55 cm beam beginner’s surf ski, much like the Epic V7. My thought is, if I want fast, why not go a step further.
I will be paddling along the coast in relatively calm seas for up to a day’s journey. Usually 3-5 hours.
My questions are:
Will I get used to the surf ski’s rudder easily? I have until now only paddled rudderless boats, as is the Midway.
Will I get used to (and be comfortable in) the surf ski’s feet-together position?
Is the jump from barge to ski too big? When I tried the Midway, I went from an 85 cm beam to 65 and felt very comfortable balance-wise. I don’t think 55 cm will be a big problem, but still…
My question in effect is, can I treat a hatched “wide” surf ski as a longer SOT?