After renting kayaks for many years I’m think I’m ready to finally spend the money and buy a used one. My preferred style is to just paddle fast and straight (not as much as most of you though) but also go up some small coastal rivers/estuaries like on Cape Cad or LI Sound. I think I am an advanced beginner/intermediate, 5’-8" and 220 lbs. I am looking a getting a used kayak and trying to compare these two which are close in price. I am looking for some advice on how to decide and have some questions I am hoping some of you might be able to answer.
- The stellar is so much lighter than other glass kayaks, which sounds great, should I be worried about strength and durability or is there some compromise compared to the typical 50 lb kayaks?
- The bow design between these two is quite different with the S16 being rounded and the WS being much sharper with a high bow. Does it matter? Do I need to worry about the S16 with 2 or 3 foot swells?
- Are these too much boat, especially dealing with a 17’ boat.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.