Thanks guys, I am learning a lot.
I want exercise, access to clam flats and lobster traps, ability to take friends and family for a pleasant row or across to Nauset "island" from a Chatham landing, and of course to flyfish out on the bars. I really don't care if it takes a motor but I do have a small Honda pram-sized motor and would probably use it sometimes.
I currently run 5-7 miles one day then bike/swim the alternate day during good weather but find myself longing to be on the water with that time instead of pounding the pavement to get cardio. Rowing would be fantastic.
I drive my car to the clam flats along the road - but want to go to the shoals that are a row away from the beaten path.
Lobster trap permits in MA are cheap, but the boat isn't. I would like to add that option.
If I could stand in the boat to make a cast to a pod of big stripers that would be a huge bonus.
The Whitehalls look great but I've heard that shipping can be thousands from the west coast.
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