I am kind of depressed. This summer started out paddling oriented. I had not paddled much in years (once paddled multiple days a week and competed some), But dw suggested a vacation on a lake, so days of paddling and a couple SUP’s latter all was good with the world. Then read an article on the Texas Water Safari (always wanted to do it but did not have time, have time now), next thing taking a boot camp with stepson and now have a tandem (for the race) and a solo (to train when stepson is not arround-vast majority of the time) canoe. Then after a few weeks of great paddling, it all ended-boats at outfitters. Plus thanks to Harvey, all my work out spots are no longer canoe friendly, SUP - lol.
So I am back were I started. Addicted to boats that have nice speed (not dedicated race boats yet-alumicraft and wenonah voyagers) but I am way to heavy for my old sea kayak. It was playful and quick (but not super fast). Had a surf ski-fast but a drag (way more effort than the sea kayak at touring speeds, plus did not feel connected to it like I did with my sea kayak.
So back to the depression, with one possible exception (QCC), closest demo boats are 1000 miles away. I might give the QCC a chance (as it is probably similar to my wenonah Voyager) but fear I will not like it’s deck heights (high back deck) and find it too similar to the surf ski I did not fall in love with. The Prana looks nice on paper (playful fast boat maybe). Tried to order a Zepher Pro 2 years ago to find it discontinued, I think I was interested in it because it sounded Romany’esq. (local shop prefers ordering CD or QCC as both use Wenonah’s trucks for shipping-did not mention my old WS sea kayak was crushed in shipping)
Anyway, suffering from paddling withdrawal. Let me know opinions on Prana, or any other fun quick sea kayak.