Yes, do look carefully at the hull condition in the Chinook. Our $100 Chinook is badly UV damaged and was oilcanned terribly ahead of the cockpit, which had no bow bulkhead, due to being stored leaning on a deck railing by the previous owner (fortunately, a wonderful P-netter sent me a factory Chinook foam bulkhead he had kicking around his garage and I glued it in and popped the dent.)
We only use it as a loaner for local lake floats since it could crack any time if it rammed a rock. Though we are thinking of spraying it with that sealing gunk the loud guy hustles on those TV commercials where he sticks a screen door in the hull of an aluminum dinghy (Magic Seal?). Honestly, I bought the Chinook because the aftermarket stainless rudder setup in the boat was worth more than $100 and I wanted to switch that to another boat. But we threw it in the water for the heck of it, and, danged if it wasn't nice to paddle for a groaty looking old boat.
The seat in ours is horrid so we had to stuff in some padding, but it's a nice, stable but decent to handle hull design. Feels very similar to a Dagger Magellan I had (and still regret selling). Magellans are also great vintage touring kayaks that come up for sale at decent prices, if you are still looking.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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