Posted by: NateHanson on Feb-05-13 11:26 AM (EST)
Someone mentioned the EpiSea. I have one, and I'm not impressed with it. The design is odd. The rear deck is quite high. The front deck is monstrously high. My 9 year-old can't paddle it without banging her knuckles, and outfitting the cavernous cockpit sufficiently to try rolling would be a big job. There's no front bulkhead, and a small screw-on hatch in the back.
If you simply want a boat for a kid to mess around in, this would be a fine boat. But if your kid wants to learn genuine sea kayak skills, skip the Episea.
That's my opinion anyway. I know a good sea kayaker in this area who liked the Episea for his daughter, so you may be perfectly happy with it.
That said, mine's for sale. $250, in nearly-new condition. How's that for a sales pitch? :)