Yeah, I watch the Atlanta and Athens CL's a lot. Mainly little squirt boats, white water yaks, or rec yaks with weight ratings 250 and under.
About the only boats in my weight class turn out to be camo boats guys have rigged up with PVC pipe to hold a dozen fishing rods and used great stuff to fill the forward well and seal in a car battery to power the lights, fish finder (and I kid you NOT!) CD player/amp they installed... yup, the dude even cut out ovals and installed marine grade 6x9 speakers!!! (Should have had "S.S. Redneck Trawler" painted on the bow!)
Honestly, if I go with a canoe, it will be a smaller one. I've paddled the bigger boats and I can't handle them alone. The only way I feel stable in a canoe is on my knee's and that starts to hurt after a while. Having test floated some boats, I found a nice little 12 ft sit on top at Academy for $399 (Pelican Icon 120, one of the first since they got new management and overhauled their designs... It get's great reviews.) That one is at the top of my list, for now.
URCHIN Portable Anchor
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
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