I'm about a "beginner-plus" paddler and bought a Tsunami 120 for myself last summer. I'm now looking to purchase a second kayak, so that my teenage son can paddle with me. I'm 5'2", 140lb and he's 14yo, 5'6", 110lb. He's paddled my kayak and seems very comfortable in it.
We almost exclusively kayak rivers here in Michigan. We may take them to very small lakes every so often. We do overnights but have good backpacking gear that doesn't require much storage room, but would still need two hatches. I'm really happy with the 12' length, but 14' would be fine as well.
So, I'm looking for a relatively narrow/low volume kayak that's light weight. AND my budget is small... $1,000 is the absolute max for boat, paddle, PFD. I'm fine with used... just not sure which models to look out for. I've paddled a Hurricane Tampico 140S that I really liked. Any others I should look for? Thanks!