Shawn, thanks for the response. I wasn't even aware that the fiberglass Necky Looksha IV had a different hull shape than the plastic model. We deal with alot of rocky coastline out here. I look at kayaks like I look at hiking boots, packs, etc. What fits one doesn't necessary fit another so I fully expect when I read these forums that everybody will different opinions :-).
: Hi Bill,
: I've been thinking about this for awhile--
: First of all, I realize that plastic has its place, especially on rocky
: coastlines with rough surf.
: Paddling performance suffers, though, with the more flexible medium. It just
: doesn't respond as well to paddler input, and the flexibility can actually
: be distracting. I feel the same way with respect to kevlar vs. wood.
: Kevlar is amazingly tough stuff, but it still doesn't have the stiffness
: of wood.
: I think Necky may have made the plastic model with harder chines and sharper
: lines to keep the boat stiffer, and it sure adds rolling resistance. If I
: remember correctly, the sheerline is really crisp, and it seemed to me to
: inhibit hard leaned turns in a way that the glass model didn't.
: I'm also starting to look at very subtle things here. I'm not knocking the
: Looksha IV (even in plastic)--my earlier post probably sounded like that.
: It's really an apples to apples comparison--I don't even paddle the big,
: fat oranges anymore! They all have their place, but I'm just debating the
: finer points and whether the Fuji tastes better than the Rome apple.
: If I had to choose a plastic boat, though, it would be between the IV and the
: CD Squall. Compared to the CD Storm and Perception Chinook, the first two
: win hands-down!!