I wouldn't get a fiberglass boat if I was only getting one boat. The OP is in Western NY were Iam from. He said he wants to do creeks plus if he joins the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group they do MANY paddles were a glass boat would just NOT work. Plastic works every were, glass cant go down say Oak Orchard creek which is popular paddle. You scrape bottom , hit rocks not something for a gelcoated kayak. My glass kayak ONLY goes into the Great lakes or Niagara River which feeds into the Great lakes. Otherwise its my plastic yak. Creeks are too shallow around here to use a glass one on such.
Of course there are some creeks you could but more that you cant or at least shouldn't. I was paddling down Genesee creek last summer with a group and a women had a Eddyline thermoformed yak and it was brand new. She got caught up on a rock and put a 4 inch long crack in the bottom were the vee shape comes together. Before we started I asked if that's the only kayak she had. I thought it might not be a good choice for this paddle. Water was low.
Quote below I agree except about it being fiberglass.
"It is tough now to get good info about kayaks. There are so many beginner boats and beginner salesmen. If it were me I would buy a kayak at least 15-17 feet long, with a cockpit, not too beamy with decent bulkheads and storage hatches. It would have an arched bottom and some rocker. It would probably be used and made out of fiberglass."
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