My girlfriend and I have pretty much maxed out our 10’ Necky Skys. Great rec boats that we will keep. But as we edge out into close-in ocean adventures in the SF Bay area, I am looking for something a little longer and which can handle a little chop better. For the moment, we are on a budget. In the used market right now are a Looksha Sport, a Necky Kyook, and a Dagger Alchemy, all comparably priced.
I’m having trouble seeing much of a difference with the Neckys
Similar length (14’ vs 15’).
Looksha has two storage hatches, Kyook has one.
Weight seems similar.
Both have rudders.
But the Looksha Sport seems maybe a little more squirrelly and playful and doesn’t track quite as well…?
The Alchemy is 14’ and intriguing. Great, great reviews. Some disagreement on whether it tracks well, but it does have a skeg. But it sounds like—and even the Dagger videos suggest—that it’s more for playing in surf and rivers, which is not so much our thing.
Our usage is very mixed: reservoirs, lakes, slow rivers, estuaries, some close-in SF Bay stuff. So I’m looking for a versatile boat that it not too heavy to get up into the J-hooks.
I’m 6’ and 180 pounds.
I’m leaning toward the Kyook. Thoughts?