This is my first post on paddling.net but I've been reading the forums for about 2 years now. I'm in the market for a new kayak, preferably under $450. I kayak with my father and we have only paddled on flat water until this past Summer. Dad has always been afraid of going down rivers and streams for fear of capsizing. To make a long story short, we went on vacation to Pigeon Forge last year and I talked him into renting kayaks to take down the Little Pigeon River (small river with only class I and II rapids). We both loved it so now this Summer we're looking into running some small rivers with nothing over class III. For some background, I bought 2 cheapo inflatables 2 years ago (Intex Challenger K1's) and last year I bought a cheap hard body (Waterquest Aruba 10 for $160). What I don't like about the Aruba is that it is slow, doesn't track well, and has a huge cockpit opening that I'm sure will take on water in a decent stream. I know if I could find a spray skirt for this boat it would keep the water out but I really don't want to invest in one since I'm not that happy with the boat. I'm more satisfied with my $60 inflatables than I am with my Aruba. So, I've been researching and reading reviews trying to find a kayak that would be a decent performer in both flat water and slow moving rivers. From what I've read, I believe that my best options for under $450 would be either the Dagger Zydeco 9 or the Perception Sport Swifty 9.5. The only kayak stores/dealers within an hour of me are Dick's Sporting Goods, Cabela's, Gander Mountain, and Dunham's Sporting Goods so I have never saw a Dagger, Wilderness, or other "premium"(?) brand in person. I've been scouring Craigslist looking for some decent deals and have found the Swifty and some 6'-7' whitewater kayaks but it's slim pickin's around here. So, based on my paddling desires (a "hybrid" yak that is decent at narrow slow rivers and decent on flat water for less than $450), do you guys believe that the Swifty or Dagger Zydeco would satisfy me or is there a big difference between say the $300 Swifty and the $750 Dagger Axis to justify the extra price? Thanks for your help!