I share your passion for touring boats...for me touring is the best sea kayaking has to offer. I paddle a fiberglass Enetai, Seaworthy´s most capable touring boat. Off the top of my head, the waterline is 17 feet and it has a beam of 22 inches. I paddle the high volume model which gives me plenty of space for gear, as well as room to wiggle in the cockpit. Excellent hatch designs, though the front one is small, everything stays dry even when you bury the bow in the back of a wave. It rides great when loaded and the long waterline gives it great speed for its volume. Actually, great speed for any boat. It is nimble, but its secondary stability is excellent. Tom Wilkinson hand builds each boat, and the craftsmanship is excellent. Great lines as well. My only complaint has less to do with the boat and more to do with my skills: It is difficult to role compared to lower volume boats. That´s the nature of a high volume boat though. I have been a sea kayak guide in Southeast Alaska for nearly ten years now and have paddled dozens of hulls and thousands of miles. The Enetai is the finest boat I have ever paddled.