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Old 05-28-2019, 11:00 AM   #4
Bob K
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consider canoe option

You might want to consider a canoe vs kayak, particularly to facilitate loading/unloading camping gear, plus ease of entry & exit for you. Generalizing, you will have a boat that weighs less and costs no more for the same length, greater load capacity & seaworthiness. Unless you will be in rough water, and are prepared to wear a skirt, the canoe has multiple advantages. If you want to portage, kayaks have a real disadvantage (but you can make a customized yoke).

I started out with a $700 Perception Spectrum kayak that was 14 ft long. My fleet expanded to all canoes since then.

Old town makes a few at less than $1000. As with kayaks, lower weight (for comparable hull shape) costs more $ due to more expensive materials & construction.
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