Valley Aquanaut LV
– Last Updated: May-09-08 8:48 AM EST –
I have one on order, I am 5 foot 8.546 inches and 165 lbs. I cannot tell you personally how it paddles yet, but I do already have a Valley Avocet, which is an outstanding playboat for rock gardening, but not fast enough for keeping up with the Jones' in a paddle group unless the engine is super tuned (my banana Twinkie munching, Coke guzzling engine is not) because of the shorter length and rocker. But it is a roller, and a nice snug but not too snug fit.
The Valley Nordkapp RM is also another boat of mine, and exceptional all around vessel, and does much of what you wnat. But it is bigger than either of us need.
So, that leaves the Anaut LV, which I am thinking will be the ultimate in between boat for rolling and rocking and straight ahead paddling. At 22 inch beam, nice and comfortable (word has it that the Nord LV is twitchy, and has some not liking the constant attention it requires in the soup); I have not paddled the Nord LV.
My friend bruce on Pnet paddles the Anaut Rm and it seems superb all around.