Iím shopping for a kayak that is capable of 5-10 day unsupported trips. The use will be on rivers, in the Everglades, and perhaps in and around the Florida Keys. I donít think I want an overly long boat- 17í or so is probably my upper limit (transporting on top of a Subaru Outback). Iíve got three boats in mind:
1. Current Design Solstice GT
2. Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 Pro
3. Delta Fifteen 5
The Solstice is a very nice boat but is the most expensive- and longest- of the three. The Tsunami is priced attractively for a composite boat but I have some concerns with WS quality control, from what Iíve read on the net. The Delta is the most attractively priced and appears to be well-made; I looked one over recently and was impressed by the construction of the thermoform (bulkheads etc). Stability is important; the boat must be capable of serving as a platform for photography. Iím not an expert paddler, my limited experience to date has been in an open fishing kayak.
Iím leaning towards the Delta as it seems to offer a lot of value for the money and fits my needs well. The Tsunami is a glass boat at a good price, but is it too good a price? The Solstice is certainly a great boat but comes with a commensurate price tag (though I am sure I wouldnít regret buying one).
Iíd appreciate any comments readers might have about these boats- what you would choose and why.