Thanks everyone for your advice so far. I really appreciate it.
I'll keep an eye on my wife's Seabird and let you know if there are any problems or issues with it. Maybe I'll even post a review of it sometime later this year.
As for my own kayak, I'll keep my options open.
So far, I've been following the rule of "paddle it before you buy it". I asked about the Tahe because if it is a decent choice in some people's opinions, then I would push the dealer to let me demo it. Otherwise, I wouldn't want to cause the trouble for him. Like I said, demoing kayaks here seems to be unheard of.
Often, when we go on tours there are friends of the tour guides that come along just for the hell of it. A few times they have offered to let me paddle their kayaks. Maybe if I'm lucky, someone will have something that wows me. You never know.
Touring Kayak Paddles
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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