The two boats are very different from
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each other. The Quest has a shorter waterline and much lower initial and secondary stability. In rough water the Quest may be faster, but overall the Cetus is known for its speed. The Cetus has tremendous load carrying and so does the Quest, but the Cetus offers more and it is more convenient in my mind as it has the knee tube and good size day hatch. I have never really understood the bow profile of the Quest as it is so sharp in angle that the waterline is probably a foot less just because of the bow design. I found my Cetus to be difficult to keep on course in rear quartering winds over 10 mph and it also has a tendency to auger into the back of the next wave when surfing(The Quest bow may help this). Minus these two quirks, it does everything else very ,very well. If I were doing open ocean expeditions I would give the Quest consideration. I just sold my Cetus. I need to trust my boat, and as far as that is concerned I have never found anything I trust more than my Aquanaut. I love my Nordkapp and Romany S; but I trust my Aquanaut more. What are your needs from these boats? Bill
ps- The Quest has more rocker and is narrower, it may roll with slightly less effort, but both roll just fine (so do most boats for that matter). With the Cetus think long and flat in a swede form, the Quest is more of a banana in fish form.