Good afternoon, paddlers!
I am in the market for a new sit-in kayak to replace an SOT that has been collecting dust due to the fact that I have another that I paddle more regularly.
I am about 5’11" and 230 lbs and am looking for something that I can use on flat water and slow-moving rivers for overnight trips. My weight requirement (me + gear) puts me in the 17’ length range.
There are a few opportunities in my local classifieds, namely: a Necky Looksha 17 for $300, a CS Storm for $350, and a WS Sealution II XL for $450. All appear to be in decent shape (judging by the photos), though there is some noticable oilcanning on the Necky. Without having seen the kayak in person, it’s hard to say whether its due to storage/strapping/sun and therefore can be remedied, or if the plastic has stretched due to abuse. No noticeable defects on the other two. All three are rotomolded poly.
Given my size (girth), I like the idea of the slightly larger cockpit on the Sealution. The Storm has the smallest cockpit, with the Looksha right between the two. All three get fairly decent reviews on their speed and handling.
So, the million dollar question: does anyone have any experience with these boats that they can share? I am aware that every paddler will be of a different size and paddling style and that it is hard to say what boat will be best for a person, so I am more looking for objective observations than good guesses as to how a particular boat might suit me (though, if you have a guess, I’ll definitely hear it!). Unfortunately, I live out in the middle of nowhere and there aren’t any nearby options for demo opportunities, so I am just trying to make the best decision with what information I can glean.
Thanks in advance!