If you buy a Necky Manitou, spend an extra $100 and buy the 14. I bought the 13 first and love it. I added a 14 later for a front bulkhead for ease of self rescue in bigger waters.
Many will recommend higher end boats, but I have paddled my Manitous for several years and I can maintain the pace of almost everyone I've paddled with.
Would I love a high-end 22" wide composite boat? Of course. Still you can find Manitous on Craigslist in great shape for $600-700.
When I win the lottery, I'll buy a $4000 kayak.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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