of playful boats
had the great joy of demoing this boat thrice at the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium last month. Alas no textured water.
It was very turny and easy to edge (thus easy to turn) I am not anywhere near the caliber of paddler as wilsoj but I could hold a 3rd degree edge right away and found it very very responsive to all kinds of strokes.
The Tiderace ExciteS, according to the dealer from NYC kayaks who brought a fleet of Tideraces, takes a custom skirt size so I was unable to do any skirted stuff.
Perhaps because both my boats are medium to hard chine I found it very easy to adjust to responsive. My Fuego has a soft flat bottom, the Suka a definite V hull and a narrower waterline beam (18")
The Avocet (which is large on me) and the AvocetLV (which fit very well) just seemed to lumber for me. Both models have a lotta boat up front (fishform) which interferes which my stroke and seem to push a lotta water. People w. a low angle stroke and/or a greenland paddle may not notice this.
The LV is playful by any definition. The Avocet, being too much volume for me, I would not judge as it’s not sized for me. But both boats are average speed at best at least with my motor. And I find the Romany slow for the effort expended.
with the Pintail (the cool older version w. the ocean cockpit and lower deck)you need never fear it will be too tracky LOL. The Pintail’s nose wanders all over and makes you feel like either you or the boat are drunk, but it comes alive when asked to play. you are a great size for it, Kudzu, and a used classic Pintail would make a fine companion for your present boat.
Do try the Anas Acuta as well, just to experience how a hard chined boat with that much rocker will really turn on a moderate to aggressive edge.
I loved my experience w. both boats, they were just too large even with padding… but that’ll not be an issue for you.
The Avocet LV is the very definition of playful & it isn’t surprising you enjoyed the boat Kudzu. If I didn’t have my North Shore Shoreline Fuego I’d go for the Avocet LV as 16 feet, 20 inches and a low volume is a nice starting formula in a frisky day boat for me.
But if I had to pick just one boat it would be a tough call and the Tiderace ExciteS and the CD Suka would be in that mix! along w. my Fuego, that boat continues to amaze me and lead me to higher skills.
And so it goes…