Just a quick report as I got the Dagger Meridian on the water for the
first time today. Definitely heavier than the Montauk, I'd guess a
good 10lbs more.
This thing turns quick! Seems to be much more nimble than the Montauk
which surprised me. Just a slight edge and she'd come around. I was
glad to have the skeg paddling with a tail wind though as she
weathercocks as expected. The skeg control lever is in a better (out
of the way) location as I keep hitting the one on the Montauk. The
seat has a deeper curve at the back which was a little uncomfortable.
The Meridian felt a little slower than the Montauk and may be since it
has more volume but I had no trouble keeping up with Karen whom I met
on her return trip from seeing the Schooner. We were paddling into a
steady headwind and made good time.
The good news is the extra foot room seemed to help quite a bit. I
was only going to stay out a little while but my feet didn't hurt so I
kept going and covered more distance than I have since the original
injury. The feet began to hurt just before I pulled ashore and then
cramped up. They feel ok now, so this is a major improvement and I'm
very happy to be back on the water.
Thanks again to Chuck who recommended this model boat.
Pics from today"s paddle are here: