I'll try to keep this short. I am 5'10, 200lbs, wanting to get back into paddling after about 10 years out of the sport. My previous experience was in an ( ancient nowadays ) Aquaterra Chinook that I still own, realizing this is not exactly to put it mildly a state of the art or nimble boat at this point.
Funds are a concern to an extent, and I'd like to get a good all around boat to paddle local lakes. Probably not too much overnighting or rivers.
Shopping around, the local dealer has an Eddyline Merlin XT in stock for around $1500, which is a considerable discount from $2200 or so MSRP. Seems like a nice looking boat and I like the construction since I am limited financially to roto boats from what I am seeing.
I'll likely take the Merlin out for a test paddle in the near future, but was curious to see if anyone has experience with this boat. Also, other recommendations welcome. Trying to find that compromise of price and a boat that I can keep a while without outgrowing but also stable enough that it is not beyond my fairly novice level. Considering CD Sirocco, Merlin, Touryak, Valley Aquanaut HV. Have not paddled any of these boats, they all have attraction for one reason or another. I suspect the list will get narrowed as I demo. Just thought the Merlin was kind of a good deal...$1500 range give or take is the budget, and not finding much used around Kansas City.
Thanks for input.