Thanks everyone! I’m going to try replying to everything in this one post.
@sing - Thanks! Pushing my skills to new levels is pretty standard w/ me. I’m not good at just being content.
Once I realized that I’d been paddling my sea kayak like a canoe, and only on flat water, I was off on another skill set to aquire.
Having always paddled w/ flat water river kayakers in shorter yaks for years I never realized what mine could do . . . then I saw Dimitri from North Sea do some amazing things in flat water . . . that sent me off on a video quest that resulted in a list of paddle skills I needed to learn.
@Celia - Noted about the neo being tighter. Even the skirt I have was removed several times while I was sitting in the yak more than 100 miles from the water that I first wore it on. Then last week when we were out I failed a bracing turn w/ a hard edge and ended upside down. After deciding to wet exit instead of trying to roll up, removing the skirt was pretty natural.
I do expect some water in the boat . . . I just didn’t expect it to run coldly down my hip.
@Marshall - I haven’t seen the Odyssey and I don’t see it on their site. I have the Adventurer, does it not have a bungee rand?
@RC51Mike - the numbers I pulled from the catalog year of mine has the cockpit a bit smaller at 35"×19 and only 24" wide. The deck has one of Seal’s tensioned stays, so no water pools there.
It does feel like a large cockpit and a bit barge like compared to my “home” kayak, the one I’ve been paddling for over a decade but don’t live w/ out west.
Yes I’m sure I’ll keep working w/ hard edges, braces, rolling, I want to be able to lay in the water while doing a skulling brace (short term goal). I would definitely prefer to be doing it all w/ my Sealion, and I will, but since I live w/ the Tsunami most of the year I continue working w/ that until I decide a different yak would work better for me and the situation I live in.
So now that I know this skirt is not the best for what I want to do, which one would be a good alternative?
My main usage, other that rolling/edging practice, will be as a skirt that I do multi day coastal camping w/. So surf launches and landings, some rough water and chop, but mostly where it’s warm ie Florida, Tex, Mex.
Oddly enough Seals gives me the same size number for my Tsunami and my Sealion even though the cockpits feel world’s different. So I guess I’d also be using it on some South Western rivers for river camping.
I’d love to invest in multiple ones but right now I’m having to decide between a backband or a different skirt. I learned right away that the seat back interfered w/ the skirt so I removed it and rigged up a homemade band.