When I recently wrote a quick overview of SeakayakingUK's Romany, someone (who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) shared with me the thought that the Romany was at least in part based the Shore Line kayak produced by another UK company called North Shore.
I've been paddling or test paddled kayaks designed with or by Aled Williams for some time from the Romany to Rockpool to Tiderace. They all share a heritage that is obvious from the moment you paddle them. There are kayaks out there from many different designers and brands that are impressive and may do this thing or that thing better than Aled's boats, but I've never found one that is truly a better all around kayak.
Today my workload is a bit heavy, not least of which is that I need to commit to a kayak to take to the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium coming up in about a week. As usual, the level heads of friends, well-wishers, readers & psychologists have convinced me that doing some repairs on my old NDK kayaks is probably a better choice (and more valuable) than selling them off for something new, and maybe not so tough.
I was just reading David Johnston's post all about Lendal's return to the UK under the helm of Nigel & the gang at Sea Kayaking UK.. I won't bother to quote it, you can read the post here. In the process of reading David's fine update, I clicked over to the Lendal Website. I hadn't been there in some time. Funny thing, I never noticed their tag line before; "LENDAL. THE BEST PADDLES. THERE AND BACK. "