Saw a couple of your posts on other boards looking for comparisons of WS Tarpon to other boats. I like the look of the Tarpon - fast boat = less tiring paddling and my primary goal is getting from A to B quick and safe. The Cobra Expedition looks pretty awesome too but more $$$.
I live in CT also and am thinking about signing up for lessons from this lady.....
She has some interesting things to say about yaks and cold weather padling.