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On the Kudzu Craft website, Jeff says that the Ravenswood model is a fast cruiser with good performance in the range of 3 to 4.5 mph; however, resistance increases dramatically at 5 mph. I believe he got that right. I paddled in a 5K race on Sunday in my Ravenswood and finished in 41:02. Doing the math, this represents a mean speed of 4.5 mph. Jeff, that's good hydrodynamic engineering!  Below is a photo of my boat from a day of more relaxed paddling.

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Ben:

Paddling took place on a reservoir. Maybe 20 entrants. There was a little wind, but the course was out and back, upwind then downwind. One lap was 5K, two laps 10K. For 5K, times ranged from 34:45 (kayak over 14 feet) to 48:08 (kayak up to 14 feet). Times for 10K included 55:43 (tandem outrigger canoe), 1:17:28 (single flatwater racing canoe), 1:28:18 (tandem kayak), and 1:31:30 (kayak to 14 feet). A good time was had by all.

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Very interesting. Sort of helps confirm what the data says on the hull.  But of course unless you have the strength and endurance to paddle hard for long periods of time it doesn't really matter.

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