Greetings. New to the forum. I have lots of canoeing experience and am ready for my first kayak. Let me start by saying I am not looking for a low end rotomold. I wish to purchase a boat I can grow with.
I am 58 years young, 6 foot and 250 pounds( strong but a bit of padding).
Most of my kayaking will be on lakes, slow rivers and the Gulf of Mexico.
No thoughts of overnight just day trips for fitness.
Due to my size I am a bit limited as far as potential kayaks.
I have narrowed it down to three boats but am open to suggestions, this is worse than buying a car!
I have been told to demo potential choices but this is not possible as 2 of the kayaks I am looking at are not available in my area.
So here are my choices
1. Delta 17 sport: Good initial and secondary stability. Right for my size and thermoformed rather than composite. looks good.
2. Point 65 N Whiskey 16: Stability good both initial and secondary. Aside from using for straight line after watching a video I am impressed by how this thing can turn. However I will not be doing rock gardens and very limited surf. Granted a couple of the rivers are narrow but I'm not sure I need the maneuverability of the Whiskey, however it sure looks like fun! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBCLczbo1zc&feature=related
3. NC 17 (model undecided): Made in USA. Glass. I can choose a variety of colors. The cost is good for a layup boat as I buy direct from manufacturer.
So there are my current choices. Couple of questions for you experienced kayakers.
Both the Whiskey and Delta have hard chine hence good secondary stability. The NC has soft chine however claims good secondary stability?
I have read a couple of reviews on the Whiskey 16 which claim the workmanship is "sub par". Cracks in the gelcoat etc.
On the NC there is no backband rather a very firm seat. A problem? Can back bands be retrofitted to any kayak?
I am suprised at the cost of the thermoformed Delta, rather pricey.
RE: glass vs thermoform: in the end is one truly superior ?
I do lean towards the Whiskey as it does have the option of great maneuverability but am concerned it will be a dog on the gulf compared to the NC 17. Am I splitting hairs here?
Any help or other suggestions are welcome.
p.s. if anything skeg over rudder. No skeg on Nc but claimed it is not needed.