Good luck getting advice...Seabird and Tahe are almost non-existent in Canada and the USA.
I had a Point65N XP18 for 2 weeks. Beneath the logo it said "kayaks of sweden" but after some hard research I found out it was made in China. Nice design but the build quality was horrible.
Seabird is doing the same thing: "kayaks of Norway" all over the place.... Then you see a little picture of all the Asian / Chinese factory workers (Oops somebody forgot to delete that).
Based on China's sea kayaking "heritage" as well as their reputation for "quality" goods .... do you really want to waste your money?
Tahe I believe is made in Estonia so I'd give that the thumbs up even for that reason only.
Personally, if I was in your position, I'd pick a kayak from either Valley Kayaks or P&H kayaks on-line and then have one shipped over. I'm sure there must be some retailer in Australia that could do this.
I like to buy kayaks from manufacturer's where the employees actually give a shit about what they are making because they paddle their own products on their free time and are passionate about what they do.
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