I need some advice from more experienced kayakers regarding SOT sea kayaks. I’m looking for one that
- is fast and efficient (much more so than an average SOT), tracks well but is still pretty maneuverable, and fun to paddle
- can handle ocean chop, swells reasonably well
- is decent for light touring (i.e. has some storage and is still comfortable after 4-5 hours)
- costs around $1000 (or less) – which presumably limits things to plastic
Most recreational SOT’s I’ve tried seem to handle like barges (and have questionable secondary stability, so might not be so good in the ocean), so I’m looking for an SOT that is faster, better in the ocean, and more like a touring kayak than a typical SOT. I’ve recently heard about so-called Surfskis – they certainly sound fun and it seems like they might fit the bill in certain respects – I’d be interested in hearing more about their comparative advantages/disadvantages.
I would appreciate both (a) any general thoughts or advice, and especially (b) recommendations for specific makes/models of kayaks that might come reasonably close to satisfying 1-4 above. Thanks!