Posted by: Waterbird on Jun-11-13 1:18 PM (EST)
In your price range, you will be looking at rotomolded plastic, or possibly a used Hurricane. If you don't mind the softness of the Hurricane plastic, go ahead and buy it.
There is just one other thermoformed kayak that might be in your price range: the Delta 12.10. I bought one recently for $950 used. Watch the video here and see what you think: http://www.frontenac-outfitters.com/kayaks/one_boat.cfm?ID=645
I have a sense that you haven't yet grasped the differences in kayak lengths, and this is a really important question. There is a lot of debate about this, as you will see in the replies here. In my opinion, you should go with the shortest kayak that is safe, efficient, and comfortable for your planned uses: size of bodies of water, expected conditions, use for camping, etc. If you exceed what you actually need, you are storing, transporting, and paddling excess length and weight unnecessarily. Like driving a Hummer around town instead of a Honda Fit. IMHO
The Delta 12.10 a transitional kayak. It is unique in that it is the only short kayak I know of that both is seaworthy and has ample space for your camping gear, for up to a week. It is very stable in all conditions, faster than expected for its length, is fully outfitted as a sea kayak, and has huge hatches. It would fit both of you.
The Delta 12.10 is pretty hard to find used, but even the new price is reasonable for the quality. Feel free to e-mail me if I can answer any questions about the Delta 12.10 or thermoformed kayaks in general.
Be careful not to get excited about any one kayak just because it shows up on Craigslist. Have a good understanding of your needs and of kayak characterstics and wait until the RIGHT kayak shows up.
If you tell us your location we can check Craigslist for you.
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