I do not understand the attraction to crossover kayaks. It appears these boats are sold to "handle" the white water in local rivers, but they are supposed to be good for everything else too. The oddest thing to me is that they are most often seen in sporting goods stores like REI. The folks I have seen who bought them were not offered float bags which are standard equipment needed for most white water boats.
So what I see these crossover paddlers doing is having a really hard time keeping up with their friends who paddle rec boats or canoes on the same class 1 - 2 rivers. Then when their friends go to the lake or the bay, the crossover paddlers really become disadvantaged because of the slower speed of their boats.
In fact, the only place I can see where a crossover boat is better than an open cockpit rec boat is in the surf. Still a rec boat with a standard cockpit like a Dagger Alchemy would be a wonderful alternative and do most everything better than a crossover boat.
If you can think of a place where a crossover is a good choice, I'd love to hear about it. I'd also like to add to my list of favorite rec boats so please send your favorite rec boat model to me.
So far mine are:
Current Designs Kestral
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140
Current Designs Vision
Wilderness Systems Tarpon
Wilderness Systems Cape Horn
There are so many more boats to try!