I’ve been looking for a kayak with which to do some light saltwater. The best option seems to be the Eddyline Caribbean 14. The one problem with this is that it’s not a “do everything” craft. Due to storage issues, I don’t want to own a fleet. I wouldn’t chance taking a Caribbean 14 in a river.
I happen to have a Mohawk Wee Lassie type (sort of), that has about a11.5’ fiberglass hull, though I’m really not sure of the exact specs off hand. It’s a great boat, since it weighs about 20 lbs., and is easy to throw up on the car at the last minute. It occurs to me that if I put float bags in it, it might actually make an OK river boat. I don’t do proper “whitewater”. I’m talking about running Class 2 max with this thing. I don’t know what kind of rocker it has, but it’s difficult to keep straight on flat water, so it will probably be maneuverable enough.
I tested it with bricks once, and found that at about 225 lbs, it could be paddled in absolutely flat water, but I wouldn’t want to go much heavier. The canoe happens to have foam sponsons on each side, which is a bonus. I weigh 150 lbs. Is there any reason why I shouldn’t do this?