Buying a first non-inflatable kayak. I’m a comfortable paddler who’s rented plenty and done a canoe camping trip or two. Will mostly be on flat water, occasionally in brackish marshes that will have a bit of chop (1.5ft waves max??).
Any thoughts on the below used or factory outlet kayak options from experienced folk are appreciated. Thanks!
LL Bean Calypso 12 @ $590 (returned boat at outlet store)
Lightweight (38lbs!) compared to the 50lb boats below. It is narrow (24.5 in), so I might keep up with longer boats.
LL Bean Casco 12 @ $580 (returned boat at outlet store)
I don’t know… 49lbs. Moderate width (26 inches). Seems good, but not a lot of reviews available online.
Old Town Dirigo 12 @ $550 (craigslist)
Seems a very popular boat. 49 pounds
Necky Santa Cruz Cruz 12 @ $500 (craigslist)
Has a skeg. May be older than the Dirigo based on appearance.