My wife and I are “Lily dipper” skill level kayakers (took the first class at Sweetwater, can do self and assisted rescues, wet exits, basic strokes, etc)with Impex 16’ class sea kayaks which are gross overkill for most of where we go.
I have a chronic lower back condtion that limits the amount of time I can be in the ‘yak without pain.
I’ve tried just about every seating configuration I can think of that will fit in my boat (Diamante) to get around it, with limited success.
I have considered going back to some form of SOT boat for myself, as our Hobies didn’t beat me up like the SINK boat does. Carol is OK with her Montauk.
I just came across a couple of late model used canoes for a pretty low price. Haven’t seen them as yet, but they are 15’ and 16.5’ respectively.
Hull material unknown at this time.
Question: Is there any particular hull design, material, or feature that you should just avoid like the plague no matter HOW low the price, or good the condition of the canoe?
Same question for the paddles.
Our intended use would be for quiet sheltered water areas, most of which have pretty low water level at this time due to our drought situation.
I know this is asking for either:
- TOO much information, and/or
- To start a range war between the proponents of various boats.
I intend neither, but am honestly looking to come up with a canoe style which is:
- Not TOO heavy (subjective, and inversely related to cost, I know)
- Equipped with reasonably comfortable seats, including the option to kneel, if possible.
- Not an absolute “slug” in the water.
So, some general “get this and avoid that because” type of info would be appreciated.
The canoe will probably never replace the 'yaks completely, as we like to do some open water paddling on the Indian and Banana rivers, and the weather can jump you out there sometimes. I don’t have any confidence in being able to right and reboard a canoe in deep water.