I paddled Canoes years back, but have been paddling Sea Kayaks during these in between years, and am ready to make a change back to a canoe… I’m a smaller guy at 5’4", 145 ish #, and will be looking for the Unicorn of an all round, do it all to get back into things. No real white water plans though some moving water and current, lakes and rivers in New England, coastal creeks etc. I’ll be lightly loaded much of the time (me +20#) but will be doing some 3-4 day camping excursions. I am looking for a combination of maneuverability and tracking,dont need a speed demon but not a slug either, lighter weight is a must. I’d like to stick with available boats in my general area. Id like the option to kneel and maybe sit , and also use a double blade in the beginning while i refine and regain my stroke. My goal is to compile a short list of “Cant go wrong” boats. Being my jump back in i realize this will not be my last boat, but a stepping stone.
My initial research has led me to a few boats , but i am hoping others here may have some feedback to help shorten my search. Thus far i’ve started a list including… Swift Osprey or Key14 , and Northstar Trillium. I don’t find a lot of boats with a weight range that seem they are suitable.
Any help or guidance is appreciated.