Hi, I have ambitions to paddle each Sunday. I am 193cm tall and I like choppy seas yet most paddles will be the local islands. 6km west lakes. 14km (using the cutting) and 28km garden island launch. I have been offered a lift one Sunday per month to paddle from sth to outer harbour..
I currently use a winner otium which was bought to abuse and a 70s glass 14 footer which cruises easier although less tracking.
I've seen back stairs passage working a flood tide, 3 m ocean swell with a northerly gale washing it up with 4 ft northerly chop. That is beyond me yet I am question of mind with next boat choice.. Audax, taran, quantum, r40s or explorer, Romany, quest,..
I'm probably closer to 12 months from purchasing yet not sure where/whom to ask and more specifically the question to ask? So here goes..
Anyone know a relatively long boat, built strong, no bolts through Hull with a decent glide of her obsession to glide above her depth while maintaining knots ready for her next kick to embrace the gentle grasp of mothers juice with the leverage extension of my hand?
Going fast is being smooth between strokes.
I am an average paddler.
Seeking a very well built boat that will accommodate me for long rough voyages. Eg. Cape Jarvis to Outer harbour.
I know my winner otiums are deformed. The foot pegs are plastic and digging the heals into the Hull have made her lumpy whereas the ol' faithful glass is solid as with bulkhead to push against.
The predominant winds here are southwesterlies hence majority paddle/sail is down hill or a broadreach or flat circumnavigations.
I look forward to making new friends.