Back support needed......but wow!On longer trips it would be nice to have a bit more support on my lower back so I am picking up a seat.
The on top design worked fine in the surf, which was running 3-4 feet on Friday. Waves washed over the hull, and the kayak took some bilge water after being tossed around in the combers for a bit. I made sure the hatches were well sealed, but some water got in anyways. Riding a wave in is a hoot!
Beyond the surf line, past the bar, cruising was great. A light inshore breeze quartered off the bow as I paddled, about 200 yds out, along the beach. The rudder worked quite well. It was neat rising on the swells and observing feeding dolphins, some sharks, baitfish, and all the aquatic life you can see so close to water, unlike a powerboat. Other kayakers also ran up and down the beach.
The Caster was fairly quick, and I moved along quite well when I wanted to. Learning the paddling motion was easy. The relaxation was incredible, as was the upper body workout when I sustained a fast cruising speed.
I can't wait to expore the estuaries, and fish the grass!