Well, we finally received our Aquanauts, and we are more than pleased.
Starting out I have to specify that we are both beginners. I have been out
with my wife a couple of times and she found the boat very stable, and it
tracked very well for her. She has been in currents up to 2 knots and had no
problems manoeuvring and was quite comfortable. I have also been out several
times alone in more 'challenging' conditions, one excursion of 9 nautical
miles, out and back, in winds to 20 knots with whitecaps and current. The
kayak handled very well and I made good use of the skeg on the crosswind
portions of the journey. On the downwind portion the kayak surfed very well
and accelerated easily to catch the waves. Another small trip of about 6
nautical miles on the St Lawrence river, current to two knots with some wind.
The kayak performed very well, even when traversing two areas of confused water
and clapotis to 2 ½ feet at the points of a couple of islands. The kayak went
through like a knife through butter, but I am not used to getting hit in the
chest like that by the waves. I did get to practice my braces. The description
and specifications for the aquanaut mention that it is a boat for small to
medium size paddlers, but don't believe it. I am 6' 210 lbs and it fits me
very well. I had the front bulkhead placed at 34 inches, with no foot pegs or
rails and the cockpit is very comfortable. It is a Greenland style boat so
the space isn't enormous, but it is certainly adequate for tripping. There is
also lots of space in the front and rear compartments, and with the day hatch
there is more than adequate for expeditioning. The only downside is that the
boats are a little heavy. Getting them onto or off of the roof racks on a
pathfinder is a little tough, especially when I go out alone.