As far as turning into a "nation of bottom feeders" we had too after living well beyond our means for so long it caught up with us and now we have to be more careful how we spend our money. A kayak is a luxury item, we don't need them, therefor it is irresponsible for someone to put themselves in debt over one, just because it "tracks straight", or is "fast". I think it is a shame that a person could become discouraged from this hobby (because that's what it is) because all they can afford is a rec and they're being told it isn't good enough. I know that's how I felt for a long time before finally giving in and buying my rec. Now I'm wishing I had done it sooner.
As far as a beginner being scared that a longer thinner kayak is going to tip, that's probably a good thing, because they can tip, and if a person doesn't know what to do in that instance the situation can turn tragic. Fear is what keeps us from doing things we aren't prepared to do. A wider kayak is a great thing for a beginner to learn on and gain confidence in and if they choose to upgrade at some point that's up to them but if they're just as happy with their rec that's also up to them.
Cartop Kayak Carriers
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