I’ve been away from kayaking for roughly 13 years - we somehow had 4 kids and I got preoccupied. Now that they are all older I’m looking to get back on the water. When I first got into kayaking I purchased Ocean Kayaks attempt at a hybrid boat, supposedly good in surf and flatwater. It weighed a ton, and I’m not sure if I just made it work or if it was designed well but I could paddle lakes and back bays or get out for a day of surfing with no problem, I even had it in 8-10 footers off the North Carolina coast and in a post-hurricane surf that might have hit 12 foot off of Cape May. (Best day in my boat ever has the Jersey shore was filled with guys in river boats and sea kayaks just putting on a show for the sunbathers. I even got my pig of a boat to 360 a couple of times (not rolling but bow to stern circles in a wave). I consider myself very experienced though rusty, I have pretty much paddled every good surfing spot from Newport RI down to Cape Hatteras. Have done quite a few multi-day trips, Assateague, Florida Keys, Hatteras.
Anyway, older, slower, fatter and less daring than in my youth I am looking for something (not a sit on top) that I can play in some surf or do a leisurely paddle on flat water with kids or wife. Would appreciate any suggestions.
Also looking to do a Saranac River paddle with an overnight campout so any advice for that trip would also be appreciated. Thanks!