To start my data - 5’11" and 230lbs. Consider myself a beginner and have owned a Preception Tribe 11.5 for the past year. I like it and want to use it more in the ocean so ride some waves and do some fishing. That said I would like to get into a sit-in kayak and something that is more in the realm of a touring kayak. I want someting that I can paddle mroe efficiently and go a bit further in.
My spots consist of New Jersey bays, some ocean and then rivers and laks in PA. I don’t need an ocean kayak but would not mind a kayak that could be taken into the ocean if I so desired. I definitly want it to be able to handle the bay which can get some wind and waves.
Now I have my eye on 3-4 kayaks - my guess is they are all different but I have never been able to test any and I don’t know of a place where I could possiably paddle each. SO I am lookign for inputs and suggestions on these (all in the 1000-1200 dollar range)
- Strait 140 XE (I really like this one)
- Alchemy 14.LG
- Edge 14.5
- Stratos 14.5L
Any info or suggestions are appreciated.