This past weekend, I took my VCP (now Valley) Argonaut (fiberglass) out for a spin on a lake. It had been several years since using it. We bought a couple of SUPs, and that is what we take when we get on the water. I haven’t gone on any solo paddling trips in a while. As a 64 year old who has had knee and back surgeries, I found it hard to get in and out of. It wasn’t pretty.
Starting to think that it might be time to sell my beloved VCP, and perhaps buy a sit on top. It will be hard for me to leave behind the absolute elegance of my kayak - it is a thing of beauty. It has gotten me out of some tough spots, and I have felt such happiness on the water in it. BUT - we must move on.
I’ve just started looking at sit on tops, and man, I have a problem sitting in a piece of tupperware, with terrible design and craftsmanship. While I don’t expect to reach nirvana in a sit on top, are you aware of any manufacturers that are a cut above the standard fare? I’ve seen a couple of nice Eddyline and Hurricane boats. Any more out there?
And weight is an important consideration for me - as I’m not going to be getting any younger. Dare I say it - any kevlar boats?
Should add, I’m 6’2’, 210 during sheltering in home, 195 otherwise!
Thanks in advance, and sorry for the tale of tears…