I’m looking at SOT kayaks that are lightweight, durable, and long enough so as not to be logs. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Ultra Light looked really promising. At 12’ in length and 43 lbs, it looked too good to be true, and perhaps it is. It was reviewed on this site as being very fragile. A paddler had taken it into a saltmarsh where mussel beds and other rough conditions ripped through the hull and caused her to sink. I’ll be using the kayak in such environments, and would like to avoid such an occurrence.
A similar craft, the Ocean Canoe Tetra 12 has about the same dimensions, yet weighs 10 lbs more. This is still very light weight, yet somewhat heavier. Do you think it would be sufficiently durable to contend with the insults of tautog fishing, barnacles, mussel beds, etc.?