We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Right now is the perfect time to buy a used kayak at a good price. For example, in Orleans there is a sports/kayak/rental place that after Labor Day sells their rental's at very reduced prices. I've picked up a bargain there. Because everyone can use more than one type of boat; kayaks for the surf (sit on top), ocean kayaks, two person boats, kid sized and kayaks made with lightweight materials for smaller and weaker people.
But for some people rowboats are still superior. Efficiency, leverage, drag, and stability. A few years ago (prior to the whole back and knee issues) I was paddling back to the landing behind a guy in a rowboat with his family; wife, two daughters. Older middle-aged man with good solid shoulders, pulling steadily with the two oars. The boat was also loaded with all their picnic supplies for the day. Well, I could keep up, gaining on them with only with a lot of extra effort and back then I was going out several times a week. I was fit. I wonder if there are any studies on boat type efficiency?
Always used rowboats and yes, John, some are better than others.
I am of the old school. I make that sound like it's optional but my age and physical condition place me in that school.
Multiple Myeloma can humble a guy, I tell you.
I'd use a canoe if I wanted a "sports car" boat.
Size matters in selecting any boat, and it is particularly important in selecting a small rowing boat. A boat that is too small or too large is of limited use to its owner. Handling the thing out of water is a consideration some folks overlook.