I own an OT Dirago-12 which I LOVE as an all-around kayak. I have even done a week-long camping trip out of it a few times, though it will not keep up with the longer boats and cannot go upriver.
Then I tested an OT Tsunami-145 which was a bear to paddle. The U-hull design (seen from above where the hull widens really fast just past the bow) made the 145 a pain to reach hull-speed and slowed the boat immediately when I stopped paddling. I am hoping that the Tsunami-140 will be better.
I am currently paddling a CD Whistler-145 which has that wave-cutter bow and a V-hull design (seen from above) which costs storage but allows for a fast and easy acceleration and keeps the boat moving when you rest so I can easily keep up with the longer kayaks.
Now, I am thinking of getting an OT Cayuga-146 for $495 (rudder included) and want to ask some questions before I plunk down the cash.
Not yet having seen the actual boat, just photos, does anyone here have any real experience? Is the bow-hull narrow or does it widen out like the Tsunami?
Is it too wide for the length (which slows the boat)?
How does it handle up-river travel?
How about the hull-speed? do you really have to work to keep up with the narrower boats or is it easy to reach hull-speed?
I have 31 pages of reviews but none seem to address these questions.