There are so many makes, models, designs & options of kayaks that it was difficult to choose which one to purchase as my first kayak. Prior to this, I had only rented or borrowed one. I decided on a WS Pungo 100 and so far, am completely satisfied. I live a mile from a lake, which is my primary spot to go although I am planning a river trip soon. This boat is stable, easy to maneuver and reasonably fast. Being only a 10-footer, it is easy to transport on top of my car too. No complaints whatsoever.