I've already built a Shearwter 17 S&G, and a Shearwater Hybrid, and I'd like to build a full stripper next. I can't decide what to build.
I really like the Shearwater. What I really want to do is build a a stripper that most closely resembles it in characteristics: Greenland Style, fine bow entry, flared sides, V bottom, hard chines, etc. I went to the demo in Yonkers yesterday, to try the Petrel and Night Heron. I didn't see a regular NH, so I tried the Hi-Deck version. Surprisingly, the Petrel felt much more stable than the Heron, I was expecting the opposite. Unfortunately, the space allowed to paddle was limited, and I couldn't really try either kayak at "sprint" pace, or evaluate the tracking. I liked the maouverability of the Petrel, but it seemed almost TOO "manouverable"-hard to keep on course. I'd lean towards the Petrel, but frankly, neither boat felt like waht I wanted. Any suggestions?