Posted by: wavespinner on Dec-15-12 10:06 AM (EST)
Upon entering the SOF world a couple years ago, I was a little surprised to learn that used SOFs are bought, resized and reskinned by devotees. Some builders are known as especially skilled and their frames are sought after and pass through multiple owners.
If you feel comfortable doing the work and and are comfortable the kayak is reasonably well built, it may be a good choice. But, if that's the case, you may want to just build your own.
On the other hand, if you're unfamiliar with the breed, be advised that the ergonomics and dynamics are quite different. For example, your legs are usually straight and together, which can feel less stable to the uninitiated. Make sure it's what you want before laying out the cash.