I'm thinking about getting a touring kayak. Something a serious beginner/intermediate paddler can grow into and use for a goodly number of years. Primarily I'd be kayaking lakes and rivers in Minnesota and surrounding areas. Eventually probably planning further distant trips. Not interested in whitewater, flatwater is much more my thing
I've grown up canoeing with my family and over the past 4 years have borrowed my friends 10' recreational tub for dinking around the twin cities area. I'm interesting in getting my own boat and moving up a peg or 5. What i'm looking for is a touring kayak in the 14' -16' range. I'm interested in being able to pack enough equipment to make a decent multi-day trip. I'm also a photographer and would like to have room for a dSLR, a lens or 2, batteries, cards, etc.
My friend, who is purchasing an Easky 15 from Midwest Mountaineering, and I have been talking for a little while. Among other options he's pointed me to the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 & 160. From what I've been reading about them, they look like great boats. Of course I haven't actually seen either yet, let alone paddled them, so that is a priority before making decisions.
I'm just curious if there are any other paddlers in the TC Maker crew and if you have any input for someone diving into the recreation.
Related to the boat itself, any tips or recommendations on transportation and storage would be great. Looking into things like Yakima racks to roof mount my boat and my gf's.
PS I'll probably be at the Wednesday night gathers starting two weeks from now when I move back to Mpls.