I have been recommending the Featherlite for several years. Many friends have them now, and they in turn continue to recommend them. Weighing in at a sweet 33 lbs, it is easier to handle solo when loading & off-loading. The literally flat bottom gives the Featherlite great initial stability. This is steady for beginners to enter & exit. The large cockpit also enhances entry and exit, as well as easy access to "stuff". Foot pedals are easy to reach and even easier to adjust to a wide range of lengths. Deck shock cords provide ample attachments for a bag & other accessories.
Despite the flat bottom, the Featherlite tracks rather well, due to the fairly pointed bow & stern lines. Nice thick rubber carry handles are easy on the hands.
This 9-footer is light, safe, tough and downright fun!