Kayaking / Boat Design

Thoughts on the Nelo Cinco design: or why is the nose upside down?

It's been around for a while now but the Nelo Cinco is still getting comments about its strange looks so we thought we should have a dig in to the ideas behind the changes. Obviously we can't speak for Nelo and their designers but it is interesting to look at some general boat design and learn about the thinking behind the design of the Cinco. The main change to the hull is the upside-down nose / inverted bow but in addition there are changes to the rudder, rudder hatch, the stern and some cosmetic alterations.
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How does surface finish effect boat speed and performance in kayaks?

Which boat finish is best at giving you that extra bit of free speed is an age old discussion; but what really works? And is it really worth the effort?
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