Just moved from NorCal to Florida. Live in a tiny house near the beach but on the Indian River. Was interested in a pedal powered product but noticed all of the pedal powered kayaks were fisherman. I'm not a fisherman so went traditional. Mako 12 is perfect for the beginner, like myself. I'm 6'2 and 250 lbs., the Thermoform Plastic was lightweight, about 60 lbs.. but big enough for me to be comfortable. Price was a little more than I wanted to pay for my first kayak. Used it twice so far, no buyers remorse.