Your first step is to organize your sea kayak priorities. Are you a casual kayaker with no
illusions about your abilities nor any strong desire to excel or are you serious
about kayaking? Do you have a long range goal of extended kayak expeditions or will you be
content with inshore and close at hand (even that may require more kayak than you
think)? Are you cautious or daring? Will you paddle for relaxation or thrills?
Are you a conservative or a liberal?
With your goals defined you are ready to fill out your personal sea kayak buying
questionnaire. This is not unlike those questionnaires in Cosmopolitan about
you and your lover's compatibility. You have to be brutally honest. You must also do
this before you look at kayaks! Keeping your head in the presence of beautiful kayaks isn't easy.