While I'm a fan of British-style boats -- I own two -- I don't think that they are the only kayaks that you should try before you buy. I think that you should try as many different styles of boats as possible before making a buying choice. Chance are that if you've been paddling for awhile, you already know what you like, but if you haven't, you need to try a bunch of different styles. In that theme, here are my top 10 sea kayak picks to try.
This is a wacky hatch cover latch design you'll find on lots of Current Designs kayaks. It's amazing really; Amazing in how quickly it comes unlatched, how complicated and counter-intuitive it is to operate, and most awe-inspiring in it's ability to grab hold of a pfd when the paddler attempts a lay back roll. Oh, sure you can go a hundred times before the latch gets caught up under your shoulder strap.. maybe thousands... Maybe never... but if it does... Boy Howdy!
This year General Motors here in the states has been trying to remain viable. So they started cutting brands. First on the block was Pontiac. Pontiac was meant to be the more sporty, muscle bound GM. Pontiac was for adults who had to take kids to ballet but didn't want to totally go "middle age". I loved Pontiac myself. In fact and still own a Grand Prix. GM is also talking about chopping or selling off Saturn and Hummer as well. So that got me thinking. In these tough times what if our favorite kayak companies had to cut back?