Quick opinion question. Do you prefer a longer or shorter boat when paddling in a tidal race? I have both a P&H Cetus and a Aires. I usually use the Aires for this type of paddling given that it is more playful and is the boat I use for surfing (it’s just under 16 feet). It does well, but my challenge is always attaining and being able to get on the face of the bigger waves in fast moving water (water here is moving over 5 knots at max ebb).
I recently tried the Cetus HV in the same tidal race. I thought that perhaps the longer waterline and greater hull speed would help. It seems that it did. It attained quite well and I was able to get on the face of some of the bigger waves. As expected though if your angle got too far off you very quickly got surfed off the wave–very hard to correct.
I was not able to paddle the two boats back to back on the same day. So I only got one day out in the longer boat and it was a day when the waves were a lot more glassy and there was no head wind to battle. So it was not necessarily an apples to apples comparison.
Just wondering what your thoughts are and what you prefer to use for this type of paddling.