So this was my first kayaking purchase. I'd been doing a lot of studying and I wanted to get my feet wet (though not literally) and I read that if you weren't sure about how you would like it, to start with a recreational kayak, which is what this is. I got the package, so it came with an anchor, the angler hook-ups, the cockpit cover and the paddle. I've taken it out twice and I've loved it both times. The bottom is wide and almost "w" in shape so stability is much higher than "v" bottom kayaks, which is great for people who are learning their balance. I would love to be able to go on kayak camping trips, I just have to convince my husband that they're a good idea. One of my goals for 2018 is to take my kayak out more, so I'm hoping to get a lot more use out of this. As for a first purchase, it has been excellent. It's easy to use and maneuver by myself, I can easily throw it on top of my car; stability is great. The seat is very comfortable, and my legs have plenty of room to stretch out, which is great since I'm rather tall for a female. The knee guards are great too! I have no complaints!