Emotion Kayaks Temptation
A plastic sit-on-top kayak model, the Temptation is perfect for lake kayaking. Ten feet long and lightweight, the Temptation is designed to handle well while remaining stable enough for fishing. Unlike many sit-on-top kayaks, the Temptation includes two hatches for storing gear or even a sack lunch. As of 2009, the Temptation costs around $579.
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140
Perfect for those who are a little more comfortable out on the water, the Pungo 140 has a narrower design than some other beginner kayaks. The Pungo is long, at 14 feet, allowing for straight tracking and decent speed. The Pungo 140 can be found for around $950, as of 2009.
An exceptional beginner's kayak for those looking to hit rivers, rather than lakes, the Wavesport Fuse has a snub nose and tail that makes it perfect for sharp turns and narrow waterways. It can even handle some basic rapids for those looking for a little excitement. The Wavesport Fuse costs around $925 in 2009.
Perception Tribe 9.5
A sit-on-top designed for slightly rougher waters, the Perception Tribe is perfect for near-shore ocean excursions and choppy lakes. Designed with a very stable base, the Tribe isn't the fastest thing on the water, but it tracks well and is short enough to be maneuverable. With plenty of handles and drainage holes, the Tribe is perfect for those who want to get out on the water quickly and don't mind getting a little wet. As of 2009, the Perfection Tribe costs $495, making it a great deal.