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Re: Other: Rank Your Top 5 Kayak Design Characteri

First requirement for me is comfort for my feet. If I can't fit my size 13 feet into the cockpit without extreme angles to avoid mashing my toes into the deck I won't paddle it.

Next, in no particular order...

efficiency - paddles easily over long distances and many hours

speed - reasonable speed - don't want to be struggling to keep up

ocean cockpit opening - with my long legs I need to slide into most cockpits anyway so a large cockpit if no real advantage for me. Once in, I find a small cockpit opening is the most comfortable.

tracking - straight tracking in all (or most) conditions is a joy. If it doesn't track well an adjustable skeg is acceptable.