I want to purchase two into/beginner kayaks for my children. They are 40lbs and 4ft tall and 5 ft and 80lbs. I am considering a couple of the 9.5 ft models (Otter, Swifty, Zydeco, Acadia Scout). My wife and I are also short and we each weigh less than 160lbs, so we may be able to use these, but the kids are our first priority - we want them to enjoy and succeed.
- easy to turn
- low weight (35-42lb range)
Specific question around 9.5 versus 10.5 length and whether or not we can get the same stability, yet easy of turning, in a model that is 10.5. The 9.5 versions seem to be stable and turn easily, but from what I have read they really do not track well. Will a 10.5 have all our requirements, but also provide better tracking? Or, do we lose either stability and/or turning ease?
Any advise/recommendations on these or other models with regard to good starter kayaks for kids, would be greatly appreciated.