My wife and I have a couple double(tandem) kayaks. One is a higher volume loaded/touring boat (CD Libra-XT) and the other is a lower volume day tripper (North Shore Atlantic II). We go on some car trips each year where we are Car-camping on an island in the Great Lakes - and we have our dog with us. This precludes us from taking either of our doubles with us - as we haven’t been able to get the 73 lb dog on-board (pun intended). We’d like to get a low-mid budget, low-mid volume single that we could take with us for situations where we can’t always use a double. Each of us could take turns taking the single out on some great water and not feeling land-locked while we are there.
We don”t want a rec. boat - but some type of mid-low volume touring boat greater than 16^ long. Both of our doubles are composite - but for this less frequently used single we are debating between a new roto-molded boat and a used composite boat.
My understanding is that roto’s degrade over a number of years. Does this fact point to a used composite being a better choice? We want a boat with a skeg, We”d like something with a back-band and a day hatch (although these could be retrofitted). We are both 155-160 lbs and I am 5’10 and my wife iis 5’’6. We are willing to put up with minor fit adjustments that we’d make when switching paddlers.
We are looking for somewhere near (or below) $2k USD for new roto or used composite (versus near $4k USD new composite) boat - and would like a boat made in North America or the UK - preferring a boat not made in a low-wage, poor human-rights country.
Looking for some thoughts from all of the experienced paddlers here - as the folks here typically bring up points of view that we may not have considered.
We would use this single mostly on the Great Lakes and occasionally in the Outer Banks, NC, USA
Thanks for your help/guidance.
We have been kayaking for about 3 years and have been through ACA Level 1 & 2 kayaking courses (in both singles and doubles) and have attended the GLSKS once. Although all of the skills aren’t transferable - we”ve also been canoeing for 30+ years and have an 18-1/2’ composite touring boat.