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What kayak is best for sea touring multiple days ?

I have been looking at the WS tsunami 170 pro. A transistional touring boat. But there are so many choices out there.I'm looking to paddle Glacier and Resurection Bay in Alaska for 2 - 4 weeks.And am also interested in a trip to Isle Royal in Lake Superior.I live in the Pacific North West and of course will want a good weekender.I am 5' 8" and 200 lbs. 10 inch shoe and with mediocre kayak paddling skills.This is a one time one boat purchase and I dont want to have to keep upgrading like I have with backpacking equipment. Much of the reviews on the internet are simply plugs for certain brands or fishing trips for reviews.
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Do you have a budget in mind or is the sky the limit and when you mean "the best."
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I'd point out that this is probably not the best place for such advice or such a question as it is a SAILING FORUM. You would probably be far better served by asking on a Kayaking or paddling forum.
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Paddling in bone chilling waters is not something you should be doing with mediocre skills. A 17-18 ft kayak with a narrow beam is more the choice of for those with the experience paddling is such waters. As in backpacking.. you will not be happy with one choice. tropical waters for example.. closed cockpits with a skirt will create a sweltering experience for the paddler.
I'd suggest you rent and go with an outfitter for excursions such as your suggesting. You will need to know how to roll your kayak if your with less then one companion boat. Very people develop that skill to roll and return to upright in a heartbeat. Paddling skills to prevent a roll, surfing, side surfing, oh.. so many things to learn. Self rescue; how to get back in your kayak alone.. is really really really difficult for anyone that is not an athlete.
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Oh they didn't just post it here.....this is one active little Indian....fishing sites, camping sites, kayak sites, rafting sites, footwear, hiking even camper van rentals.....Gaborusos has been hitting them all.....

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Im going back to my old addage--tried and true (well, maybe not tried).... you cant polish a turd...

but if OP is real.... given my druthers i think this line is pretty sweet. just gotta make sure you are gonna use it a lot for the scratch.

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I just wish I could understand the why. What is the point of posting the same message (originally lifted from a genuine post) right across the net. What does it achieve ? Beats the hell out of me.
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Oh Fuzzy, thats just to keep you busy...

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Im going back to my old addage--tried and true (well, maybe not tried).... you cant polish a turd...

but if OP is real.... given my druthers i think this line is pretty sweet. just gotta make sure you are gonna use it a lot for the scratch.

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I agree with QuickMick. If we are going to actually discuss the Kayak issue. The Dagger is clearly the best. I used the Tandem model for a couple of years to make storage of my gear easier. When the 14' came out with the larger storage compartments, it became my #1 choice. If we aren't going to discuss the Kayaks then... Never Mind.
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