And I love 'em. They've been the perfect boats for my particular situation. I have ten rec kayaks, mostly Old Town, Perception, and a Pungo 120 (my favorite), along with a canoe and a homemade trailer that hauls 8 kayaks.
I'm a scout leader and also volunteer the boats for school events on our local in-town lake, and they get used all the time (i.e. multiple times a week) from May through August. I also borrow even more rec boats from friends for certain occasions where we need lots of boats for beginners. My simple plastic short squat boats have been used, abused, and the kids love them.
Are they sleek and fast and built for choppy water? Of course not. But they are perfect for our little lakes, small windy rivers, etc. And the fact that I could buy many of them (new and used) means that most of the middle school and high school kids in our town have had multiple chances to get on the water. And the more times they and the scouts are on the water, the more they're paying attention to the natural things around them.
Then, many of these same kids, and some of their parents, have (1) bought their own kayaks or (2) have gotten interested in whitewater kayaking or sea kayaking.
So these cheaper, simple boats have served my intended purpose quite well. If I had bought one nice sea kayak for myself instead, I might have turned into an accomplished, but elitist paddler. But I'd rather have my simple plastic boats and watch the kids smile and laugh as they paddle along, albeit slower than they'd paddle in a nicer boat.
Kayak Deck Gear Bags
Kayak Motor Kit
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