I am still relatively new to water sports as I only started last year. The Mako was my 1st experience with kayaking and I loved it, still do! Currently this is my kayak of choice as my primary day trips are exploring a 40 mile lake for sport or for fishing. It is easy to lift and launch from various situations, make me feel comfortable and confident with the stability in the water and ease of maneuvering, and for a beginner I believe it's perfect. Anyone of any ability will really enjoy the Mako 12.