I’ve been doing a bunch of research and youtubing but I just need some actual advice from people who know what they are doing.
For dimensions sake I am 5’7, 140 lbs.
I am looking for a kayak with enough storage for a 3 day trip, around 12-14 feet in length. Mostly looking for flatwater but would like the option of open water as well.
Working budget of around $800-$1000 for the kayak.
The kayak outfitter near me are selling a couple of sea kayaks made by Liker (Chinese company). I’ve taken one of their classes with these, and they don’t have much secondary stability. Granted, the class was hosted during gale force winds.
The kayaks they are selling are around $800-$900, with a skeg and rudder built in.
The difficulty is choosing one, since I’ve been reading and seeing a lot of more experienced paddlers really loving the Eddyline’s, Wilderness Systems’, etc.
Those kayaks are definitely beautiful and well made, but also much more than my budget right now. I feel like it’s a no-brainer to jump on the Eddyline’s, but was wondering if I would be missing out on the skeg and rudder combo.
I’m pretty set on purchasing a touring kayak, but I know Eddyline makes “hybrid” recreation/touring kayaks. So I’ve been kind of losing sleep over this choice.
Hopefully one of you kayak Yoda masters could give me a couple of pointers.
Thanks in advance, gurus!