Talk me out of a LL Alpha
I'm 5'8" 185lbs. I've been paddling a Remix 69 on Oregon 2/3 for a year and a half. I'm starting to paddle some 4's, and have been thinking that I have some need for a creeker. I'd like to get something with more volume, more rocker, and maybe see what a little bit of edge is all about. I'd been thinking that my sweet spot would be 80-85 gallons. I assumed 90+ would be too much boat for me... but when I look at boats in that 80-85 gallon range, like a Waka Stout, I'm right at the very top of the weight range. I love LL outfitting. The Alpha seems to have everything I want... but it comes in 75 and 90 gallons. 75 isn't adding much volume, and 90 seems like it might be too much. Am I barking up the wrong tree here? Would I be better off in something like a M Machno? I'm not going to be doing any racing (though I dig the speed of my remix), and I'm not looking to run Class V stouts. I want something that will inspire confidence at the top of intimidating IV's this winter in the PNW, as I start to push my envelope. Obviously, very few people have paddled the Alpha who aren't affiliated with LL, but would a boat like that (aggressive bow rocker, kick stern rocker, long as shit) really offer much to your AVERAGE boater. I've been wondering if you need an ear-dip boof, and olympic-caliber boating skill to really get something out of these race designs. Any insight would be appreciated.