Hi, I saw a used one with ridder and paddle for 900. I've always liked them. It would be my first "real" kayak.
I sat in it yesterday and looked over it and having never seen one before what I'm wondering is:
The hatches don't look watertight. They were square holes cut in the deck with a piece of wood that strapped on top with no neoprene cover and only a foam gasket. Are these actually watertight?
The underside of the kayak was painted white and felt sturdy but the deck felt like cheap thin plywood with a coat of varnish on top. Is this right? Will it hold up?
I am 6 foot even with size 10.5-11 feet. I have only ever sat in a touring kayak once but it felt good and hugged me. This CLC 17 while long enough I could lay my legs flat, felt too wide, I didn't get that hugged feeling and when the foot pedals were fully extended my knees were half out of the keyhole cockpit, kinodf uncomforbly, like they weren't bent, and weren['t straight.
THis kayak is the right length for my summer, a good price and beautiful. Can I customise it to fit me or do I need to look elsewhere. Thanks.