I remember the fellow with the inflatable kayak on the nighttime paddling event. He was working for everything he got. A lot of work.
From every time I've been on the water with somebody in one, that is pretty much the way they are. They are good for playing around on still water or going on slow moving water. I will say the one's REI carries are the best I've seen. If you get the full package, the kayak can be set up as a singly or tandem has a metal backbone that keeps it rigid. Compact for transport and storage, but for the price, you could by a medium priced hard side boat.
For $1200 you can get some very nice light hard side boats that weigh 40 lbs. And there are various rack options that are cheaper than Kirbydox's nice setup that also minimise lifting.
Edited by Great Birds, 08 August 2013 - 08:26 PM.