Originally Posted by Keith
Not sure on price range yet, no clue what they range. Want to make sure I buy right the first time and the cheap don't end up expensive.
I want to use on local rivers and a canoe is not applicable for that.
Feezmen thanks for all the information. What are your thoughts on Ocean Kayak and also the need for a rudder.
I've not researched Ocean Kayaks so I can't comment on those. Likewise, with the rudder. I believe that a rudder makes a big difference in windy conditions. At 10', my yaks are not as affected by wind.
I'm a novice and really only know the few brands that I researched, which are carried by my local shop.
The largest piece of advice I can give is to paddle the model you want before you buy it. Also, be very careful if you buy a used kayak. While I was in the store buying mine, a young couple came in with a kayak they bought on craigslist for cheap. After they bought it they realized that it had a crack in it that was in a difficult area to repair.