Graham T wrote:I too am a fan of Tiderace but also other marks of kayak, I am not sure what cetus, anas acuta, Nordkapp,Delphin, conjure in my mind...
That's sort of the point... they don't have to conjure anything, because of the site. Go to P&H's site. The Cetus is right there under the 'Expedition' category, and the various flavors of Delphin are all right there under the 'Play the Sea' category. It's partway explained before you even look at the boat (though the description is missing for the Cetus HV).
Meanwhile, Valley's site, which, while having its definite shortcomings and errors (2250 lb Aquanaut LVs?!), does mostly seem to have longer and more helpful write-ups immediately accompanying each kayak. On the whole, they spell it out a bit better up front.
...however Xplore tells me to go take a journey to explore and Xcite did intimate to me this is for some fun exciting playtime, Pace well could be racy and oh yes I rather like my Xtreme even if I do not consider myself an Xtreme paddler I knew from the name what it is suppose to be capable of. The Xtreme makes a great day boat for me by the way, and I wonder if some overlook it because the name suggests otherwise.
Fair enough. But what's the name Xtra imply? Xcape? From the name alone, what kind of boats are those? Who are they for?
But again, the name alone isn't so much the issue... and those are cool names. It's that if the name isn't a explainer or differentiator, then the site should be, yet said site doesn't always explain too well who and what the boat's for, and what's different between models.
Both the Xcape and Xplore are expedition-style boats. One's more for folks newer to paddling, the other's aimed more towards the intermediate/experienced paddler. How's the average person supposed to know that? The Xtra and Xtreme are both play boats. What's different between them? How would the average person know it?
I guess if one assumes that Tideraces are only for ppl who know a lot about boat specs or who at least read the magazines a lot, it all makes sense. But I think there's ppl with money to spend who don't necessarily know a ton about boats, and "the dealer will explain it all to you" argument only works if said customer hasn't already cut you out of their short list based on what they know or think they know from online information....