I'm a huge ducky fan. No dought it's what I put my friends and family in when they want to join me on the river. When I was just starting out (back East), I'd run harder sections of Class IV and V in a ducky. I just wasn't comfortable with my hard shell skills. I ran the Upper Yough, Meadow, Cascades, Big Sandy, Top Yough in a ducky. At the time I just wasn't ready to run those in the other boats of the day Dancers and Excels. I truelly believe that it's the best way to sell someone on the sport of whitewater kayaking. Give them the rewards of paddling something fun, give them the ride of their lives, without the fear for tipping over and having to exit a hardshell boat.
We pay a lot more for the NRS boats, but I feel it's worth it in the performance and the durability. The foot braces are key to holding proper positure for paddling. As for the seat... It's simple and works. The other options aren't that great. The padded sit-on top style seats don't hold-up very well and don't support bigger folks. Sometimes simple is better.
I love to dance, but who needs the music- It throws me off.