I’ve paddled a Necky Arluk 1.9 for a few years now (18’4", 22" beam, 46lbs; moderately hard-chined, shallow v-hull).
I wanted a slightly more stable and voluminous sea kayak with comparable straight-line speed and acceleration.
I bought a Current Designs Infinity (17’9", 22.5" beam, 48lbs; very soft-chined, moderately shallow rounded hull).
This new boat feels like I’m paddling up a hill. The sense of futility trying to move forward with any amount of briskness or urgency is compounded with each stroke. I’m pulling a Werner Corryvrecken with my large 6’6" 230lb frame and it feels more likely that I’ll push all of Lake Erie behind me before capturing an acceptable forward touring pace.
I was indeed expecting a slower top speed and acceleration with this new kayak, and I’m more than capable of accepting the fundamental law of performance compromise in hull engineering. However, the disparity between these two boats in general performance is stunning (and wearing).
Here are my specific unanswered questions:
- Every single review on the internet, including YouTube video reviews, mentions the ‘rocket-like’ speed of the Infinity. Why.
- Many of the highly-reputed, influential hull designs of similar dimensions (NDK Explorer, Valley Etain etc.) are lauded by experienced paddlers (some of great relative fame) and are indeed paddled on well-documented treacherous journeys across long distances. How are these dudes pushing these barges around the world’s oceans at what I have experienced to be a positively glacial pace?
What is happening.