My wife has the Stoker and being new to the water only a couple of years ago, is very happy with it. She used a friends Otter several times, which was her biggest deciding factor. Another factor was the fact that she can take this size kayak, fold down the seats in our minivan, and put the kayak inside and go. She is short, so this is a great advantage to her. She uses the boat recreationally in local flat water rivers, lakes and ponds. We also have a Loon 111 which she wants to try this summer. These boats (Stokers and Otters) are light and very tough. A perfect boat for the recreational user, kids, and beginners.