I currently have a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak. It's great for the little rivers in the NJ Pine Barrens I love to go on, but as I found out last summer on a ~35 mile trip (Long Lake to Tupper lake in the Adirondacks), the kayak just wasn't meant for trips like that. It could still track straight, and turn OK, but the problem was with it's weight capacity, and speed. I weigh 290 pounds, and even with the kayak loaded under it's 350 pound weight limit (which they changed to 325 pounds in later models), the rear was almost underwater whenever I paddled fast. My speed barely topped 2.5 MPH, and even the old 2-person aluminum canoes literally loaded to the brim with gear were passing me left and right. This made the 2-day trip last an entire extra day (which thankfully I packed extra food for). I would love to stick to a Kayak similar to what I already have, but even the 16'+ 'expedition' kayaks still only have a weight limit of around 325 pounds (and seem to be much thinner than my kayak...so I might not fit comfortably in them), and this weight limit isn't going to do it when I want to do a week long, 100-mile trip (trying to do the Allagash River in upstate Maine this summer or next, which does have Class I-III whitewater, but normally I will be on much calmer water on the other trips I want to do). Can anybody recommend a solo canoe, under $1200? I want to be able to still sit low like in my kayak, and use a kayak paddle as well (my body simply can't handle kneeling, and not having back support for 8 hours a day of paddling, and I simply just really like having a low center of gravity, and a comfy backrest like my kayak has now). ...I know the sitting low and having a backrest may rule out a lot of canoe's, but I've seen many manufacturers offer optional seating systems for their canoes that meet these requirements. Any suggestions? Thank you.