I think the best candidate for a rec kayak is someone that may only get on the water once a month or less and so would not likely develop a lot of skills regardless of the boat. For such people the benefits of a non-rec boat won't be realized but the ease of use of the rec boat (easy entry, stable) will be appreciated. Such people wouldn't likely have grand goals that would put them in danger (one hopes).
A rec boat is likely NOT a good choice if you are brand new but DO expect to get out a lot and do have grand goals for later. These people are better off buying used if needed and getting a boat they can grow in to. It doesn't take as long as some new paddlers may think to do so if you have the opportunity to get out regularly and hopefully learn from more experienced paddlers.
Deck Rigging Gear
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