The other thread on ses kayak for light paddlers reminded me of a question in my mind about WW boats…
I was at the demo-fest at Zoar a month ago. I tried a Wave Sport Project 45 and instantly felt in love with it (well, the “love affair” was tempered a little when I experienced trouble rolling it…). Here’s the question:
Everyone at the demofest told me the Project is a “playboat”. Not so good at running rivers due to its short length, hence low speed. But I found it accelerate great (by me!) due to the significantly lower volume (compare to my “usual” favorate of Dagger Rx 6.7).
Perhaps it’s my lack of experience. When I’m in a rapid, I sometimes found myself having to make some moves in a hurry. That is, change line and get somewhere with a few big, desperate strokes! The quickness of acceleration of the Project seems to allow me to get to my destination faster despite its desinged “slow” speed. In a way, “fast” takes on a slightly different meaning in the rapids.
Given I’m not doing class IV yet, I don’t really quite miss the straightline speed of the longer RX just yet. So it seems the smaller and “slower” Project suit my need better than the “faster” Rx…
- Is my thinking flawed?
- If not, I know the Rx is bigger in volume so it’s sluggishness in acceleration is probably largely due to that. Perhaps other lower volume river runner may combine the quickness of the Project without giving up quite so much speed?