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We own two Perception 9.5 footers ("Sparkys") - no longer made, but the Prodigy should be similar. Our Perceptions have two channels in the bottom that stiffen things up, but more importantly act almost like keels in helping the boat to go straight. We are VERY pleased with these boats, and lately the only time the inflatable is out of the bag is when we have company. Otherwise all our shore expeditions are done by kayak.
Oyster proof, barnacle proof and great for exploring areas that would to tough with an inflatable/motor combo.
Looking at your links the Otter looks to have a very flat bottom section, which might make it track less straight than the perceptions. the Pelican looks like a nice boat, friends have one and they like it. My recollection is that the cockpit opening is quite large, maybe too big for safety if you get caught in some wash.
Highly recommend getting skirts, throw bags and pump while you're at it. Middleton Kayaks in N Vancouver is where we got ours, we paid about $1400 for two kayaks w/paddles and accessories. Get the bright colours (yellow, red. orange) and avoid the greens and blues for visibility reasons.
You'll love 'em....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)