Thank you folks for the informative replies, much obliged.
A bit more confused now... I was under the impression that all airdecks were the same. It would seem not. My understanding is that some have a high pressure v keel and others have a separate air deck with an additional blow up ‘sausage’ as the keel ? Comment noted re how poor they can be.... so I assume the v keel (Honwave) is just one chamber that blows up into a keel shape ? (Feel a bit daft asking this, I can’t find a suitable explanation on the web).
Which other sibs use this system ?
Douglas, great photos. I’m guessing the beach in the first photo with the kayaks is just before Loch Coruisk , just after the ‘bad step’. I took a friend over the ‘step’ recently and he was so elated he threw all his clothes off and ran into the sea from that beach, there wasn’t much to see when he got out
Also note your comments re size and weight. Initially I wanted to get a ‘proper’ fishing boat, something like an Orkney coastliner, but on asking round for advice I found plenty of folks who have/had one and didn’t use them , reference your point on size/weight/bulk. I’m a canny Yorkshireman with short arms and deep pockets and hate stuff going to waste.
I want a boat I will use frequently and not be hampered by bulk and weight. It’s looking like it will be a 2.7m, maybe a 2.9.
Short list is the Honwave, Zodiac cadet (the fast roller looks good but is nearly £1500). Still looking at the cheaper options too but this ‘sausage keel’ thing could be an issue...
Once again, thanks for the input .