Personally, I'd pass. If you watch around, you likely could find a ~5 year old plastic sea kayak for $500-700. The newer boats have a bunch of improvements over something that is close to 20 years old, so make it worth the extra few bucks (and more likely to be in better shape, so require less work). Things like more comfortable seats, deck lines (important for safety), a front hatch and bulkhead instead of foam (though I was glad to see the foam there - much safer than nothing), etc.
But, I am not the fiddle with to improve a product type. I just reminded myself of this by adding a hatch kit into my sit on top plastic surf kayak. Next time I'll pay someone to do the work.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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