I’m planning a trip from the head waters of the Yadkin River to the coast in April/May. Roughly 400ish miles which I am allowing 14 days for but would like to be closer to 12.
Having done several 30 mile day trips in a 12 foot recreational I can say that tracking is the most important thing for me followed by comfort (more of a seat thing) and then speed, stability and storage in that order.
The recreational I have used required almost a comical amount of effort to keep it pointed down river which was exhausting.
I’ve been looking on Craigslist for 16ft touring and sea kayaks waiting for a deal but can’t pull the trigger because I really don’t know enough to say if it’s a deal or even if it’s a passable kayak at all.
There is a wilderness Cape Lookout 155 on there now for $500 and they’d probably take less as its been on there for a month. I know it’s an older one and is plastic.
San finding a decent deal to jump on I’ll probably up the budget to $1500 or so and try to find a newer model from a demo fleet or something. I just need some help or advice on how to be more focused on buying something as I’ve been mostly a sun dolphin casual until recently.