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Initial Stability - Question

Last weekend I went to the Kayak Festival at Island Rigs in Emerald Isle, NC. I was there mostly to try out boats I could surf (and actually bought one). Anyhow, just for something different, I decided that I'd try something long and narrow, and what they had available was a Wilderness Systems Sealution IIXL (17' x 22"). I weigh 190 and it was just me in the boat (no equipment). I usually paddle a beamy double.

The Sealution had (what I considered) low initial stability (good secondary stability). I noticed that I was keeping my posture ramrod straight and had a hard time relaxing.

Because I am thinking about building a single, my question is: In selecting a boat to build, would I be better served going with something with high initial stability (so I'd enjoy it from the get-go), or would that shaky sensation pass within a couple weeks/months of paddling the new boat? Is it a transitory stage? Was it that particular boat, or does it simply show that I need to quit slouching and improve my technique? :-)

I would only last an hour or so in that boat without becoming completely worn out just trying to keep it level.

In other words, should this be an important consideration in my selection of what to build?

On the one hand, if I built a kayak with lower initial stability, I might be forced to improve my posture and technique in a short time and just get used to it. On the other hand, it might take a long time to get used to a tender boat and thereby limit my enjoyment of it.

Theories? Philosophies? Thanks in advance for your responses. Sorry for the long post.

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