Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-12-13 1:04 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jun-12-13 1:11 PM EST --
can get a used Alchemy L for that or less... better all around boat for what you want to do now and later.. it's also 14 feet btw.
Better outfitting, more responsive, not the fastest but still will outrun the Elie... has the comfort-driven Zone seat too.
Jackson Journey would also fit your bill. Finding one used is harder but you might score a demo.
Two other kayaks in the 15-16 foot range made by Wilderness Systems: Zephyr (comes in two sizes, you go w. the larger, the 160) and its older cousin, the Cape Horn (also comes in two sizes). Should be able to find a CH for well under $900 and a Zephyr for around that.
Keep fishin' Good luck!
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