Hey, I don't remember meeting but that means nothing.
I think the flat bottom of the Zen will give you more primary stability and it allows easier course correction than a more displacement type hull like the Remix. You can set an edge and really carve with it (the Zen) though. That being said, I'm a big fan of displacement hulls and the elegant carved lines you can get with them. I just think the flat bottom has more primary stability and the ease of course correction is a big factor in technical stuff. Your observation about the softer chines being more user friendly is probably true but the Zen's aren't super aggressive and you'll need to learn to manage your edges no matter what you paddle. IMO, the stability of a flat bottom is more important.
Yeah, Maine and South Main are both great. I'm happy to call both places home.
I spend almost no time in the playpark but yeah there are some geezers down there, some of them friends of mine. Some pretty good young pups too.
I don't know about your weight and the Remix 59. I tend to like a bigger boat that keeps me on the surface.
I agree with Brenda about a solid roll though mine could use a little work right now...
As far as weight of boats goes... I don't think a glass boat makes sense for river running in CO. and I definitely don't think a carbon fiber, cutting edge, playboat (the Star series) is what you need. I mostly paddle an 8.5 Nomad with gear in the stern and it weighs a ton. I have a back and a knee that I'm doing my best to save for as many years as possible. Consequently, I drag my boat whenever I can which is most of the time. After several hundred runs, and drags, I finally wore a hole in the stern of my last one. My body is worth it. Something like the Zen is much lighter. The Zen 65 is #40. The 8.5 Nomad is #49 but feels heavier than that to me and then you add in my gear...
Anyway, there's some feedback for you. Hardly the last word but hope you find it useful.