I’m looking for a touring iSUP to go to places at a bit more than dilly-dally speed and want to go straight. Imagine 5+ hour roundtrips. I figured what they call Touring iSUP at around 30" width would be a good compromise between speed and stability. the ones I looked at seem to be displacement hulls. Most models I look at have a 12’6" and a 14’ version or something close.
For regulars hard kayaks and SUP, the rule is longer is better (faster and better tracking). But I read somewhere that for an inflatable this isn’t true since it flexes a bit and that makes a longer inflatable not necessarily better. Is there some truth to it and could a longer one be too long?
I’m 175#, 5’11" and would only have limited cargo. So any size would allow a much higher weight. The little added cost and weight of the 14’ iSUP vs. the 12.5’ iSUP wouldn’t matter. If both iSUP have the same width, I also imagine the longer one would be more stable. But again, this may not true due to flex.
I’m still researching, but have my eye set on the Sea Eagle Needlenose 14 and 126. But I’m also looking at other models that seem to offer 2+ length for a given type.
So is there any reason to get the shorter version (12’6")? Or is 14’ just better for speed and tracking with a given shape?