So the Wife approved a “new” kayak , yea she’s awesome!
Budget about 1k roughly. I have a CD Breeze but would like to try a touring/sea kayak about 16’ - 17’ in length for a whole host of reasons. Better tracking, longer trips, building skills, etc. Plastic is first choice for shallow lazy rivers with inherent hazards and cost, too. I will likely not ever venture into salt or the great lakes and no ww.
I’m 5’8" tall and 160lbs average/ athletic build. I am looking at a used CD Storm w/ accesories $575 but found a new CD Squall GTS for $999 or a WS Zephyr 160 for $1199. I am in western New York so that’s my search area.
My concern is will I swim in the Storm? Or is the Squall a better fit? Not much on CL now , a couple nice boats but 'glass and kevlar concern me for my use area.
The Breeze fits fine and I’m not a big guy so I don’t need a barge. Really looking for an efficient touring boat that could support 1 or 2 day trips in the near future.
I appreciate any advice on fit as I don’t have much time to travel and try.