Hello, stumbled across this forum and read a lot of informative threads, so I figured this was the place for the question.
I'm much more experienced in canoes than kayaks. My 10 year old (85lb, 4'10") daughter caught the bug during a couple recent kayak trips, so we're looking at some kayaks to get her started. I'm sticking to a pretty tight budget for this first one- $250 at most, unless the perfect kayak made by angels descends.
She liked paddling a Swifty 9.5, and there are a couple here locally. I was also considering a couple older whitewater boats, Perception Dancer and the like, with the thought that it's plenty maneuverable, probably quicker, and likely not too unstable with someone that light. Plus, I've got access to a plastic welder at work, so if worst comes to worst I could stick a small skeg on it.
We'd mostly be paddling in the inland waterways around Virginia Beach, or taking them to regional lake/river campgrounds. Probably no fishing, no ocean, very few excursions far from shore even in the bays around here. If we go to a river, it'd be class 1 tops, or just 'hey, there's kind of a current and a couple rocks.'
Short, wide, and stable, maybe hard to develop good technique and maybe frustratingly slow, or
Longer, narrower, easier to paddle correctly, harder to keep going straight, or
Something totally different?
I really appreciate any insight!