Thinking of getting your own kayak, but not sure where to start?
The best kayaks for beginners are stable, forgiving, and rugged enough to handle the learning curve. They should be less streamlined than an expert vessel, and they should have reinforced hulls which can handle being knocked about.
Overall, stability and durability are two features that should be kept in mind when looking into purchasing. Affordability and ease-of-use are also important to determine which models truly deserve the label of “starter kayaks.” After all, accessibility is half the battle!
Of course, each new kayaker has different goals. Some want to go for long jaunts, while others want to paddle easily out to a picnic destination and take it easy. The “best” starter kayak for you will depend on how you plan to use it.
Now that you’re thinking about what makes a good first boat, and keeping your goals in mind, here are our top 3 picks for a beginners price: Perception Pescador Pro 12, Sun Dolphin Aruba 10, Ocean Kayak Malibu 2. One of those are sure to cover all your needs or at the very least give a good starting point of what to look for.