I'm preparing to acquire a kayak for the purposes of travelling along the BC coast (among the gulf islands and the lower mainland mostly), and beyond transportation, to explore as much as curiosity calls. Although I grew up on the coast I have little experience with kayaks. My research suggests that a Mariner is likely to suit me well. I like what I've read about them and their makers; however, I've never actually seen one in person. I would be pleased to find someone in the Vancouver area who would show me theirs. I'm most interested in the Express. I'm also planning to experiment with kite propulsion. I've read some posts here which favour sails, and I may decide that they're better for my purposes too, but I remain interested in at least testing some kites. I'm planning to build a NPW5 for use with a reel. I have communicated with someone who has been using such a system successfully for many years. Let me preempt warnings about letting the boat carry on without me. Comments?