I'm relatively new to kayaking and looking to upgrade from my first in order to advance my paddling skills. I'm 5'1" and not willing to put down my weight in writing (let's just say, I need to lose more than a few pounds - and want kayaking to be a part of the solution).
I have an opportunity to purchase either a Nighthawk 16 or a Merlin LT, both previously used but in great condition and at a great price. I will be paddling rivers, some lakes, and possibly some open seas down the road.
I'm looking for some advice as to which boat would be more appropriate. I have an Easky 13 right now but would like to upgrade. Is a 16 foot boat too much for someone of my stature? How about for my intended use? One of the rivers I paddle does have some mild rapids which I've conquered easily enough with the Easky. Does that matter?
Sorry for all of the questions, but looking to make the right choice for me and my situation. Thanks in advance for any input.