I've been kayaking 2 or 3 times, only on sit-on-top kayaks. I've been wanting to buy my own because I loved it so much I'd like to go much more often.
The more I look, it seems sit-on-top kayaks aren't as popular for people who are kayaking more regularly. Additionally, I live in WA state (Seattle area). It doesn't get frigid cold her, but winter would not necessarily be 'water sports' season, but it seems the sit-inside kayaks are more usable in colder weather, so this is a bonus.
I like the idea of touring around the lakes, maybe even light ocean kayaking, something like day trips. So based on that info, it seems my best option is sit-inside kayaks of the 'light touring' or 'transitional' styles.
I haven't actually sat in any to 'feel them out', and if I want to wait around for rental places to open to check more out, I'd have to wait a few months and even then it may be hit and miss to find the specific kayaks I'm interested in.
All that said...I'm thinking about 14' or 15' light touring type kayak.
Does my reasoning sound logical? Am I on the right track? Any major things I'm not thinking of?
Right now, I'm kind of looking at:
Perception Expression 14.5
Perception Expression 15
Elie Straight 140 XE
Any experience with any of these kayaks? Any other good ones in this range I should be looking at?
Your advice and suggestions are appreciated. I'm a rookie, but I'm one of those uber-research types so I may be overthinking things a bit.