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Story time: one experience paddling with some friends. They in a double rec boat, myself in my day touring kayak. I always have to wait for them. On a road trip, I brought an inflatable kayak and they rented a tandem similar to what they own. They had to wait for me. Inflatable boats are very slow. You can improve this some by getting an inflatable that has some framing with it to maintain rigidity.
Never went through the thought process of rec boat versus inflatable in regards to which can handle conditions better. Guess that maybe you are right that an inflatable could be better. But my default would have been to go the other direction - head more toward a touring boat (which would require some training, which perhaps is a turn off).
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