I am a pretty decent beginner whitewater paddler, seeking help/advice before purchasing my first boat. I am a recent ACA tandem level 2 instructor..but this past spring I was able to snag a few days in a friend's solo boat for the first time, and fell in love.
I'm looking to buy a boat (hopefully used) but am a little baffled on what I should be looking for. I am a small woman, 5'3" and 110 pounds. I have only been paddling for a year and am sticking right now with class 1s and 2s with the occasional 3, but would like a boat that I could grow with. Ideally, I want to find a boat that's small enough that it will respond well to my smaller size, and also light enough that I'll be able to transport it without huge hassle (although I'm not a stickler on the last part).
I would love to hear advice/suggestions from other paddlers out there.