Originally Posted by LonghornTaco
I'm looking at something like this too... Just something simple to start off that I can tool around a lake in, fish from, etc... The hobie is pretty awesome and I'd love to get the sails for it, but MAN they are expensive!!
Anyone recommend a cheaper one to start with?
Longhorn, Do you have any dedicated local kayak/canoe outfitters? Those places will sell blemished /factory 2nds, demos, or last year models even less expensive than new. Some even carry consignments and offer events where you can go try them out before buying.
Perception makes a pretty decent inexpensive 10' model as does Wilderness with a Pungo 100. If I was gonna buy a spare that is what I'd get.
By far, kayaking is my favorite outdoor activity come nicer weather here. VT/NH/Maine ponds/lakes offer plenty of opportunity. I'd imagine the same holds true in Minnesota.