mitch, if you've read very many of the posts on this website, I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but you asked, so here goes: I found myself looking for a fast, but comortable and seaworthy craft and after a lot of looking, I bought an NC Expedition. This boat is 19'-2" long and in my opinion, it just don't get any better.
There are a few longer and certainly skinnier boats out there, but non are going to do the job any better and look as good doing it. To be honest, it took me a while to get used to this boat, but once you've experienced what this boat is capable of, it's hard to imagine being satisfied with anything else. It's not a play boat; it's meant for racking up serious miles in whatever kind of conditions Neptune can conjure up. nckayaks.com