Then on a paddle into very strong winds it clicked and I taught myself how to implement that "relax" advice the experienced kayakers who paddled with me were giving me. The experienced paddlers knew I was fighting my boat and it was draining my energy and putting me in a negative mind set. Wow learning to relax let the true quality and pedigree of this boat design come through! I did a mental 180 and now I am pushing myself to look for even more challenging water. While I still have respect for the winds and waves, I don't fear the winds and waves the way I did before. I love the round hatches. Yes you have to think about how to pack the boat because of the hatch size but the compartments stay bone dry. Being a beginner I have capsized this boat a few times and not always in my rolling classes! That's where the angled rear cockpit bulkhead really adds value. I find my Romany HV can keep up with the longer boats without a lot of effort. While I am still perfecting my edging this boat seems to turn well for my current skill level. The cockpit fits me well. I had the dealer foam up the bulkhead and leave the foot pegs out. Now my legs don't go to sleep the way they did when I paddled other Romany HV with foot pegs.
The Romany HV was the right purchase for me. I took the advice offered on this board and did many demos and rented many boats before making my purchase. While I had my doubts if I made the right purchase initially I am very happy today and look forward to continuing my skill development in the Romany HV. Thank you Nigel for building such a fine boat! I can't wait until I am ready to buy my first Explorer!