Hey all, let me begin my first post by telling you a little about myself. I've been paddling recreational kayaks for a couple of years now but I think I would like to get into whitewater kayaking. I know a little bit about it because my girlfriend does some low level whitewater with her university club, but honestly my knowledge is pretty basic. My real question concerns a kayak that was given to me. I was told that it is an old (20+ years) whitewater kayak, a perception spirit. The hull is a little brittle from sun damage, and it has a crack in it from hitting a large rock, but as of now it floats and doesn't take on any water. It's long, but it handles more like my girlfriend's Fluid than either a rec kayak or a sea kayak. What I'm wondering is was this boat really intended for whitewater, and can it still be used for beginner rapids (class 2 and 3?)?
Also, right now the crack is simply duct taped, but if at all possible I would like to patch it. Is this possible and what would be the best way to do this?
My ultimate plan is to hopefully use this boat for now and spend my money on a helmet and a good life vest, while keeping an eye on CraigsList for a boat that I can afford. I thought I'd ask on here for opinions on whether or not this would be a good and safe idea.