As I said, nothing in my post was meant to talk you out of considering the Narpa. However, I still believe that it is prudent for any first time buyer to do a lot of looking, sitting in and test paddling of as many boats of the type that suits your fancy. Familiarize yourself with the different materials boats are built from and what to look for to discern quality. I also believe that one should understand something about the differences in designs. Whether, or not to go with a rudder, a skeg, both, or none at all. You might even want to know what fish, Swede and concentric designs refer to and something about chines.
If you are going to invest in kayaking, it's all the better to know as much as you can about it.
Edited by magooch (10/03/12 08:21 AM)