Problem is , as far as I can see, there isn’t a local club So trying / borrowing isn’t going to be easy. There is a local chap who does trips, and I think instructs, who I have half approached and probably would use, but it just doesn’t seem to be a thing here oddly, given the rather nice river on our doorstep!
Oh, don’t worry, I’m pretty sure I’d be a fair weather paddler! I’m just prepping for the few days of summer I’m sure we’ll get in April. But you are right Intruder, which is why I was keen to consider used… but I am EXACTLY the person you describe!
I guess I’d just assumed they jumped from 14ft to 16ft - 16ft had been suggested, but will look for 15ft too then! It’s a good point about getting it on and off the vehicle - whilst I’d considered the car carrying it and the fact I’d need to get a roof rack, I hadn’t thought about how to get it on top of a landie! good point, well made! And solo paddling is, in my head at least, going to be more likely than 2 in the boat.
Redowling, have seen some with buoyancy already installed, wasn’t sure whether it was considered a must have or an optional, and whether having it pre-installed was more or less cost effective…? dry storage was the other thing I wondered about - I’m seeing me taking lots of expensive camera gear that I suspect wouldn’t like getting wet…
And pEp / AlexCorbin, You mean there are more James Blonde’s that are proven winners at Mornington Crescent and use excessive smileys and punctuation???