Got the paddling bug last summer and bought a Perception Pescador 10 for about $400. Figured it was cheap enough to get my own yak and see if I stayed interested.
Well, it’s been over a year and I’m hooked. I do think it’s time to upgrade from the Pescador though. I never intend to fish, so a fishing kayak was probably not necessary, although I thought I needed the storage hatches at the time (guess what? I never use them)
So looking for another SOT. I’m in Dallas so mostly using in calm lakes, coves, and small rivers. No whitewater ever.
I still want stable, but a little faster yak that I don’t have to work so hard paddling would be nice.
One small hatch for wallet, keys etc. is still preferred.
Enough room for a small cooler.
The lighter the yak, the better.
I’ve got REI, Dicks, Cabelas, Bass Pro, Academy etc all close by. Also open to mail-order. Not sure what decent brand dealers we’ve got around here, but I could get to Austin, which has more of a Kayak culture as well.