Rumour I is a tight, low volume, tippy speed needle that will surf small waves because of its amazing efficiency. It will respond to a lean and will behave quite well surfing, as long as the paddler has good technique. It will make one a better paddler. The newer CD version, has a slightly larger cockpit opening, higher deck and much more initial stability. It will accommodate a slightly larger paddler, and is much less scary. Most of the attributes of the original have been kept in the vanilla version, but whenever I get back in #1, I am amazed.
I have some boats that may be as fast or faster, but none that will go as fast with moderate effort. I've done some gps trials with my other boats to try and get a handle on performance, and the results need to be carefully analyzed. It's hard to come to conclusions when looking over the data, but when I first got in #1, there was no question that this boat was exceptional. Nigel prefers the original and has two of them, one at each of his places. He's also removed the skegs, as he feels they are unnecessary. I rarely find the need myself.
These boats need to be outfitted with hip pads. I didn't like #1 much until I had outfitted it properly. I almost DIDN'T buy it, but now am so glad I did. CD may have built a few of the old shape; the picture in the '05 catalogue looks like #1. I'm trying to find out more about this and may post more on it if I do. #2 is still a remarkable boat.
I've given a rating of 9 only because the Kajak Sport hatch covers are the plastic and rubber kind that are a bitch to put on, but can be replaced with the nice rubber ones for a mere $168. Mine are on the way. Because the outfitting in #2 didn't let me get on the back deck for rolling and the foot braces wouldn't accommodate my girlfriends long legs, I removed all that stuff: seat, back band etc, and fitted the boat out with foam seat, back pillar, knee padding and bulkhead blocking for feet. #2 now weighs 38lbs!