While thinking about new boats, I have also been keeping an eye on the used market and I may soon come home with a Dagger Reflection 16 in Royalex lite. I already own the smaller Reflection 15, which I use for a solo, and it tracks about as well as the Penobscot and does not blow around too badly in a wind. I assume the 16 will be similar. The weight, at 60 lbs, is not quite what I would like, but I think I can manage it for a few more years - by then I may not be in the canoeing business at all. Or, if I am, I’ll buy a really light one. The Penobscot weighs in at 73 lbs.
Thanks for the recommendations. I had pretty much come around to the same view of the Spirit II/Escape choice because the Escape looks like a hard-tracking rocket with zero rocker. I had not thought about the Jensen, it, too, could be in the running if the current deal falls through. I’ll keep you posted.