Have you looked into a Stearns inflatable Kayak? We were looking for an inflatable that would be safe in salt water and found that most of the folks that sail or motor thoughout the waters from Alaska to Seattle swear by them. We took a chance and bought one to keep on our boat. It tracks as close to a ridgid Kayak as you can get. We have the 10.5 footer and I weigh 210 pounds and have no problem going against a reasonable rip. We have many times run it a ground on oyster beds and have not done any damage to the speacial fabric. They are tough and go against the wind with ease. I hated inflatable Kayaks till we bought a Stearns. They also make a fishing kayak out of the same material.