Posted by: willowleaf on Jan-03-13 5:00 PM (EST)
My two favorite kayaks (in a sequentially owned fleet of more than a dozen) are both fairly light and nimble and around 14-15 feet. One is a 37 lb Feathercraft Wisper folder (bought used for $2200) and the other a hard shell P & H Venture Easky LV (46 lbs and under $1200 new). We also have a couple of Pakboat folders and they are coming out with a new model of their XT kayak around that size this year which is intriguing and in your spec range. Probably well under $2000.
Not quite a proven product yet but the Orukayak Origami folder is an interesting concept and certainly looks portable and easy to set up.
I also have a skin on frame and agree that the F1 might be a good boat to look into for you. My 18' SOF weighs in at 31 pounds and is a snap to load and carry to the water. It's amazing how much having a light boat can simplify paddling and amplify the enjoyment thereof.