Originally Posted by co_bjread
I second the notion that boats multiply in the garage. I started with one free play boat a few years back, and some how it has spawned 6 other kayaks (couple river runners and a few duckies). So if you get into it, you will probably find them reproducing in the garage.
As for the WW vs lake issue, I have found that I can have an enjoyable time paddling my river runners around large ponds and small lakes for 2-3 hour trips. When we 1st got into kayaking, I thought the LL Remix XP would be the ideal boat for many of the same reasons you have. In retrospect, I am much happier that we have the river runners instead. Rivers are just more fun. It won't surprise me if I look in the garage one day, and find 2 touring boats were conceived, but having that addition would be better as a quiver than the one boat that doesn't do anything well.
Just my $0.02
They do indeed multiply when you aren't looking. I started 20 years ago with a 10 foot Outcast mini cat for fishing. Took it down Alpine Canyon and got hooked on whitewater. Since then I've had 3 different catarafts, a 12 foot raft, and now a 14 foot raft. Last summer I got a Necky kayak for touring. I'm ok in class I with the kayak, but I still have my mini cat for class I-II weekend/ultralight trips & fishing. Good thing I have a big garage and a storage shed. Been drooling over longer/lighter touring kayaks lately. Yikes, I'm a boat addict.
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