Would I be better off with a solo canoe or a tandem, shared cockpit kayak?
I fluctuate between 130-140 lbs, 5’ 4”.
child is approximately 5 years old and ~40 lbs now.
They have a rare disease that affects joints and their back so I will most likely always be paddling solo and hauling their weight +. They walk, talk, dance, sing, swim, etc. on their own.
Need large dry bin or space for larger dry bag. Has to fit cooler with two 16oz, wide mouth mason jars & ice pack along with other normal day trip stuff.
Day trips only.
Smaller inland lakes and slow moving rivers are all I’ll ever be using it for. Possibly along shores of Great Lakes.
The child needs the support of a kayak seat so I would need to be able to have a kayak seat retro fitted to secure into a solo canoe.
Would be beneficial if a service dog could fit in, in the future, as well.
I have a mini van with a hitch but would like to not have to haul a trailer and could ideally just roof rack the vessel. But I need to be able to get the boat down, and back up on my own. I’m not weak but I don’t weight lift either. I would like to be able to take it with tent camping where I haul my bike and their bike chair trailer (weehoo chair) on the hitch.
I have experience with both canoeing and solo kayaking. I have owned and preferred kayaking but have never done a solo canoe. We both just love to be on the water and they said they’re read, so I’m ready to accommodate in any way to get us out and me back out there.
Recommendations for brands and models greatly appreciated as well. NO inflatable.