A potentially great kayak-buying opportunity. What should I be asking?
I have an opportunity to purchase a floor model of a Folbot Aleut
. What's more, I'll likely get some in-person free help from a pro in putting it together for the first time, which is not usually the case with this brand and is a big motivator for me.
I should probably add that I've been out in a kayak in various bodies of water (quiet rivers and lakes, choppy but protected sea water) on average once a year. So I am firmly in the newb category. What's been stopping me from doing more is the lack of my own boat.
I have NO plans to do any whitewater kayaking, but I would need something that is sturdy enough to take it out in places like Cape Ann and the Plum Island area.
I've read some reviews of this model online so I'm already aware of some of the ups and downs (a sea sock is a really good idea, as is a foam seat with this particular model; would also like a skirt and rudder). I have basic questions like shipping weight and return policy covered.
What else should I be asking?
P.S. I've decided on a folder because of high theft where I live. I doubt that even a roof rack would be safe, let alone a kayak. The notion of being able to put a whole kayak under my bed is also very appealing since I'm short on storage space.