Opinions on kaboats?
I've been searching all over the 'net, and have been able to find very little in the way of reviews for kaboats, especially from those who have owned them. I came across this forum while searching, and the Saturn wars here have somewhat reinforced my concerns.
Without turning this into a battlefield, are there any yea/nay or (preferably) more detailed opinions on the usefulness and value of a kaboat? More to the point, is a 2010 kaboat going to hold together better than those older Saturn rafts that have been the subject of contention?
Since most valuations require some sort of basis to work off of, here is my basic situation and priorities:
*Infrequent, seasonal use on mostly easy rivers and lakes, with the possibiity of being loaned out for occasional coastal fishing inside barrier islands (barring a lengthy vacation, most usage will be within central Texas, not known for its Class IV)
*Reasonably cheap (absurdly cheap, if you prefer; read as 3-digits, the lower the better)--this is a third or fourth hobby, mostly for the summer months; not a lifelong means of recreation
*Reasonably versatile (paddling as primary use, but sailing/rowing/motoring are all nice-to-haves--I don't know yet how many different uses we'll decide are fun enough to try out)
*Can be thrown in the back/trunk of a Cavalier (which means solid hulls are pretty much right out).
The kaboat seems on paper to meet all of those criteria pretty well, *and* you can put 3 people in the larger models, which happens to be how many seats I would need most of the time. The only real downside is that I haven't been able to find any real reviews other than the glowing testimonials posted by the sellers. Searching through the archives here was a bit of an eye-opener, too.
Thanks in advance for all opinions. I am very much a casual newbie, and will be asking stupid questions like one.