I would like a little help narrowing down the selection of SOT kayaks for camping. We are looking at doing some island hopping in some TVA lakes, some salt marsh trails, and a few quiet river trails. Prior to this, we used canoes, but would like to switch to a kayak.
My wife found what she wanted, but I need some help. I am a heavier guy at 230lbs. I would carry between 30 to 70 lbs of gear with me depending on the length of the trip, and on some short overnighters, my 3 year old daughter will be along in my boat. Other times, a small dog may be riding shotgun.
I need something stable, but I want to be able to move it fairly easily and not have a barge to paddle around. I assume some of the fishing kayaks would be great for this, but I have never used one, and do not know where to begin. Max budget is about $1200.
I am wide open to suggestions of specific boats, and also things I need, would be nice to have, and to avoid.
Thank you for the help.
I was having a hard time with the search bringing up what I was after, so if there is a thread on this, and I am sure there is, could someone point me to it?