low volume production boats

another good point
"Speed in conditions" and “liveliness” may only loosely translate to low volume. Whatever that is!

Cetus or Pilgrim…VERY DIFFERENT!
The Pilgrim has a wonderful low back deck for rolling…not so with the Cetus LV… The hull design is very different too… Cetus will not be as maneuverable without hard edging.

I love my Pilgrim (altho I am selling it to make room). The quality of the NDK kayaks are indisputable…

Good luck!

There are two that I think are the best…

The NDK Pilgrim, and the

Maelstrom Vital 166… the Pilgrim being a shorter boat for play.

Hope this helps!