Currently paddling a ~1975 Old Town. 16.5’, 85 lbs, symmetrical hull.
I do a bit of everything… short solo paddles on local rivers, multi day trips (prefer solo), taking the family out for a couple hours (young kids and my wife doesn’t like to paddle, hence the tandem in quotes) and possibly a real multi-day tandem.
I’m 6’5", 210lbs and most of my buddies are pretty big as well.
I can solo my old Town but it is just too darn heavy. I really want my next to be under 40lbs.
Based on my mix of paddling, I was planning on a symmetrical hull at about 16’ and my current preference is a Swift Prospector in Kevlar Fusion
I’m planning to finish this season on the Old Town and order something over the winter.
Any tips? Saving money is great, but I am not super interested in used unless it fits what I want almost perfectly and I am not willing to give up much weight to reduce cost. I’m comfortable with spending the 3500ish that the swift will cost.