I'm considering a new 2013 model and would like to know what people who have paddled one think about it. How does it compare in their minds to other similar boats like Tsunami 145, Jackson Journey 14, or Necky Looksha or Manitou?
key areas of interest:
* secondary stability?
* gear hatches leak?
* with or without rudder?
* ease of edge turning?
* tracking and speed?
* handling in rough water/swells/wind?
* use on wide slow creeks with an occasional rapid up to class 2?
* comfort while paddling long hours?
* would you take one out on unprotected open water? (Great Lakes or Ocean Coast)