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Old 05-28-2019, 11:02 AM   #2
Buckladd
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You're about my build. I had and Old Town XL139, which was a great boat and did the job for camping and touring, but heavy. Now I have a Swift ADK 136, very similar hull design to the Old Town but obviously lighter (32 pounds) and much more expensive. I would not consider anything smaller for safety reasons.

For camping you want some sealed hatches to keep your gear dry. Overall, and most important, make sure the boat you buy has some cushion on the weight rating (I suggest minimal 20%) that will include yourself and your gear. Don't take chances here, bigger is likely better in terms of your safety. Another option might be a tandem kayak and some dry bags, but they too are heavy.

With kayaks, you get what you pay for.
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