I'm looking to replace an old 12ft Pack I had, that's a Royalex Old Town "Pack" that weighed 33lbs and carried like a suitcase.
They want a lot more for that boat now and I want to go to fourteen ft for a solo boat, (same price as new Pack now around $850)
was at SW the other day and they had two different materials, Royalex and something else, just Poly I think, that looked pretty tough, but was considerably cheaper (like $650)
Anyone know what I'm looking at there, and if it is good stuff? It may have been an OT guide 14'7" and didn't quite have the lines of the more expensive 14' royalex one.
Then I look at Mad River boats and they look to have so much nicer lines, a little heavier than that pack (probably won't find anything like that anyway)
I really like paddling and can appreciate a well designed boat, will be out on ocean using it as a shore recon vessel from my Fishing Boat which means lifting it on and off, et. so can't go designer as it will get beat up a bit by definition in my situation and on beach rocks and barnacles.
Ideas, on durable, lt weight, good hull design for under $1000
Mostly Solo Canoe?