So another new kayaker looking for their first kayak with newbie question. Thanks in advance.
So on one hand I often read that if you want to keep up with your kayak group you “need” a long-ish kayak. And those number are often in the 16-17ish plus feet. And then folks will say that ultimate speed only works if you can provide enough power and need to go that speed. Otherwise the extra length is just drag and wasted effort. And “normal” touring speed is often quoted as being pretty modest compared to most boats maximum hull speed. And I realize that tracking and storage comes into play as well. So yeah, I’m a bit confused.
The 4 boats I’m currently thinking about are the Current Designs Karla LV & Sisu LV and the Norse Embla & Ask. Would the Karla at 15’ 4" be painful to tour with (provide the space was adequate)? In my limited (5-day course with an overnight) I quite enjoyed playing in the small tide rips and such so I think I would appreciate a boat that excels in that.
Anyway, thanks in advance for anyone willing to chime in. Cheers, Bill