I am a larger paddler (6'5"), so needed to fit a suitably sized boat, but found the ocean touring boats to be a bit too long for my needs, as well as too narrow cockpit areas. The Carolina 14.5 has generous cockpit and legroom. Stable boat. Rudder, two hatches. Overall a great choice for the larger recreational to intermediate kayak-er. Highly recommended.
First bought it for it's beautiful craftsmanship. Once we had it on the water, we appreciated it for it's speed and tracking ability. The oars literally rocket this boat through the water. We own four kayaks, and another canoe, and this is easily faster and a smoother ride. This boat is great fun.