Thanks for the input.
I am a stout 5'10--210 lbs.
i will not be transporting the kayak far usually 1/2 mile, at the most 10 miles.
My paddling trips will generally be short as well. 1/4 - 1/2 mile on occassion longer maybe 2-3 miles but that is it.
As far as gear and storage goes, aside from intermediate and a sinking line rigs, I may have my fishing backpack. That is all.
However, I will say that when I paddle around my harbor here in Manchester, I would like to plob one of my kids in my lap or somewhere else on the kayak to "give them a ride". I saw that the Cobra Fish n Dive has a backward facing seat for just such a purpose.
Any suggestions are welcome.