This series is intended as a buyer’s guide and will explore the many markets of beginner kayaks, from recreational kayaks to sea kayaks, we will look at kayaks which are best fit for those just starting out. In this article, we will look at recreational kayaks—kayaks which are designed for use primarily in lakes, ponds, and rivers. Recreational kayaks are typically wider and shorter (10’ to 12’ feet) which make them more stable overall. Since recreational kayaks tend to be very stable, their performance is on the slow side and may not respond as efficiently as longer, touring kayaks. Wider, spacious cockpits make recreational kayaks easy to get into and exit both on and off the water.
Most individuals who try kayaking for the first time will find themselves in a recreational kayak. Recreational kayaks do require basic kayak training and are best for novices, angers, photographers, older kayakers, and casual paddlers. In addition, recreational kayaks tend to be more affordable as they are manufactured and marketed in the masses.
The following kayaks have been selected as the “best recreational kayaks for beginners” based on their performance in the following categories: weight, stability, price, durability, and ease of entry/exit.
The Wilderness System Aspire 105 is a state-of-the-art recreational kayak that provides an excellent platform for leisure paddling, fishing, and photography on flat or slow-moving water. Overall, we are very pleased with the performance of the Aspire 105 when we test paddled it in light conditions on the pond! I found that the tracking was better than the average 10’6”-long recreational kayak thanks to the dual inverted keel lines.
The Perception Pescador 12 is a higher-end sport and recreational kayak that comes equipped with features for the avid fisher-person. No need to purchase two boats when the Perception Pescador 12 pulls double duty.
Whether you are a competitive angler or you just want to have some fun with the family on the weekend, the Pescador 12 should meet your needs quite well. In this Perception Pescador 12 review, we will examine this particular brand and model of kayak in terms of quality, durability, speed, maneuverability and price.
The Pescador is a sit-on hard shell model that is 12 feet in length and weighs about 50 pounds. Scupper plugs in the floorboard allow you to quickly drain water that splashes into the boat. A center hatch dry storage compartment situated between your legs so you can access your cell phone, keys and dry box as you paddle. You can quickly adjust the foot brace clamps while in motion.
A sealed front hatch can accommodate a soft ice chest for the fish you reel in. The boat is outfitted with standard angling equipment that includes both a Scotty Baitcaster and a flush mount rod holder to keep your rods situated and secure.