I am looking at getting either a tempest 165 for my wife and a tempest 170 for me or valley aquanaut clubs for the both of us. We currently own a necky elaho and an elaho hv, but are going to be selling them and getting new boats. Mainly because we have moved and the necky's are in NY while we are in Texas. Also, I have liked the necky's, but am really wanting to look at the tempest. However, I also found a good deal on some aquanaut club boats. Getting the Aquanaut vs. the tempest would probably be about the same price. Any thoughts or opinions other than to paddle both boats to see what we like?
Also, I'm looking for a good all around boat. Right now I will be paddling mostly lakes and rivers with the possible occasional trip to the ocean, however, I want a boat that will grow with me. I also want it to be capable of hauling some gear for the occasional overnight or couple night trip, however, I won't be doing 3 week long expeditions. I was also considering the zephyr, but I haven't seen any good used deals on them. I want something that has good speed, but is also fairly maneuverable. I know there isn't necessarily a one boat that does everything exceptionally well. However, I am looking for a balanced boat that is the boat of choice for 90 percent of the time.
Thanks for your help and thoughts!