I have knee arthritis so I really appreciate kayaking. There's nothing better than being on the water.
My first boat was a sit on top. Really stable and comfortable, but super heavy and therefore hard to lift on top of my car.
My second boat was awesome, a Current Designs Kestrel. 12' and handled really well. Super light. I loved that boat and would recommend something like that to anyone as a first one.
Definitely stay away from the cheap Dick's Sporting Goods toy tubs. They warp in storage, and don't handle well at all. You'd outgrow one like that in weeks and then not paddle it because it's so frustrating.
Check the reviews at paddling.net
. They also have classified ads there - it's how I found my current sea kayak that replaced the Kestrel.
As for carrying the boat, if you can put a rack on your car that helps a lot. If the boat is too heavy to lift by yourself you can get rollers to make loading easier.
There are also a lot of "new boat" discussion threads over at the other kayak team on Spark People and you might find good information there, too. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 10/27/2011 (00:38)
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